- Further raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities for agriculture with a changing climate
- Learn what is happening on farms and what changes are occurring
- Build additional partnerships across northeastern North America with individuals and organizations with interests in climate change
- Lay the foundation for a communication and knowledge network
Michael P. Hoffmann
Professor, Department of Entomology
Director, Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station
Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The Workshop, organized by Cornell University, McGill University, Rutgers University and several US and Canadian partners, was held in Syracuse, NY, on December 9-10, 2013. It was supported in part by Cornell University’s David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF). Approximately 45 people participated in the workshop from the US and Canada, including university climate change researchers and social network specialists, farmers and agricultural advisors, representatives from Cooperative Extension, the US and Canadian government, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and agricultural organizations and corporate partners.
Presentations [.pdf files]:
- Why Adapt to Climate Change? A Northeastern U.S. Eastern Canada Perspective - Art DeGaetano, Cornell University
- Information-Sharing Networks - Stephan Goetz, Pennsylvania State University
- USDA Climate Change Hubs - Donna Gibson, USDA-ARS
- New York and Ontario Grape Growers’ Networks: A Model for Climate Change Adaptation and Collaboration - Tim Martinson, Cornell University and Kevin W. Ker, KCMS Applied Research and Consulting Inc.
- Climate Change Adaption and Mitigation on a Corn and Soybean Farm - Todd DuMond, DuMond LLC:
- Climate Change Impacts to Grain Crops - Bill Cox, Cornell University
- Climate change Impacts and Adaptations to the Fruit Industry - Mario Miranda Sazo, Cornell University
- Animal Agriculture and Climate Change Networks - Jenny Pronto, Cornell University
- Farmer Networks for Soil Health for Adaptation to Extreme Weather - Paul Salon, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
- Extension Disaster Education Network and the AgSentinel Program - Keith Tidball, Cornell University
- Facilitated breakouts: Building a network: (No PowerPoint Presentations.) Discussion focused on network concepts and “open source” agriculture; identifying additional partnerships; existing networks and coordination; network functioning; and funding opportunities.