How the 2012 drought affected agricultural advisors' climate risk perceptions and climate changes beliefs
The extreme drought in the Midwestern United States Corn Belt in 2012 offered a unique opportunity to investigate this question. Over 2,000 agricultural advisors responded to a climate assessment survey prior to the 2012 drought as part of the USDA-funded Useful to Usable project. This survey was repeated in the spring of 2013 with additional questions about the 2012 drought to create a longitudinal dataset. In this talk, we discuss how the 2012 drought changed advisors' perceptions of climate risks, beliefs about the existence and/or causes of climate change, and willingness to respond to climate change.