7.3 Identifying Decision Support Tools to Bridge Climate and Agricultural Needs in the Midwest

Wednesday, 13 January 2016: 10:45 AM
Room 245 ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Beth L. Hall, ISWS/Midwestern Regional Climate Center, Champaign, IL; and M. S. Timlin, O. Kellner, M. E. Woloszyn, C. Black, D. R. Kluck, and J. L. Hatfield

Climate monitoring tools designed to help stakeholders reduce climate impacts have been developed for the primary Midwest field crops of corn and soybean. However, the region also produces vital livestock and specialty crops that currently lack similar climate monitoring and projection tools. In autumn 2015, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) partnered with the US Department of Agriculture's Midwest Climate Hub to convene agriculture stakeholders, climate scientists, and climate service specialists to discuss climate impacts and needs for these two, often under-represented, sectors. The goals of this workshop were to (1) identify climate impacts that specialty crops and livestock producers face within the Midwest, (2) develop an understanding of the types of climate and weather information and tools currently available in the Midwest that could be applied to decision making, and (3) discover the types of climate and weather information and tools needed to address concerns of specialty crop and livestock commodities across the Midwest. This presentation will discuss the workshop and provide highlights of the outcomes that developed into strategic plans for the future to better serve these sectors of agriculture in the Midwest.
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