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Cultivating Climate Resilience on Farms and Ranches

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated August 20, 2020
Author: Sustainable Agriculture Research and Eduucation (SARE)
Type: Fact sheets; Photos/videos; Scientific summaries
Topic: Cover cropping; Drainage; High tunnels; Irrigation; Reduce tillage; Changing pest and disease pressure; Drought; Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation

This informative SARE webpage discusses how to understand climate risk and resilience, how to manage resources (natural, human, social, physical, and financial) in order to build climate resilience, and how to start assessing one's own risks and strategies on the farm or ranch.

Nutrient Tracking Tool

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated February 22, 2020
Author: Tarleton State University
Type: People/services; Tools or calculators
Topic: Drainage; Irrigation; Drought; Precipitation

NTT is a web-based, site-specific application that estimates nutrient and sediment losses for crop and pasture at the field and/or watershed scales. Agricultural producers and land managers can define a number of management scenarios for any given field or area of interest (AOI). NTT will estimate nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorus) losses, sediment losses, and crop yields differences between the...

Farming the Floodplain: Trade-offs and Opportunities

Added by Rachel Schattman • Last updated January 9, 2020
Author: Christine Hatch, Ben Warner, Rachel Schattman
Type: Fact sheets; Scientific summaries
Topic: Extreme weather; Climate science

This two-page research summary addresses the trade-offs rural communities face when increased flooding damages public and private land, and makes farming more risky. The authors also provide a link for teaching resources on this topic. The summary was created by collaborators from UMass Amherst, the University of Vermont, the University of Arizona, and the USDA Northeast Climate Hub.

How does tillage intensity affect soil organic carbon?

Added by Rachel Schattman • Last updated November 25, 2019
Author: Haddaway et al.
Type: Scientific summaries
Topic: Reduce tillage; Adaptation practices

Researchers from MISTRA EviEM reviewed 351 published research studies looking at carbon(C) sequestration in the soil profile under different tillage management systems. They found C stock increases under no-tillage compared to full tillage in the upper soil (0-30 cm) in studies of 10 years or more, while no effect was detected in the full soil profile.

Climate Vulnerabilities in the Northeast

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Fact sheets; Scientific summaries
Topic: Drought; Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation; Extreme weather

a one page summary of the 'Northeast and Northern Forests Regional Climate Hub Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies'

New Opportunities for Summer Cover Crops

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub, University of Rhode Island
Type: Fact sheets
Topic: Cover cropping

Summer cover crops traditionally have not been used in Rhode Island because of the short summer fallow period. However, a changing climate is creating new opportunities for summer cover crops. As the fall season becomes milder, fall cash crops are now being planted as late as the end of September. This creates an increasing gap period between the harvesting of early summer crops and the planting...

Impacts and Opportunities of Climate Change on Northeast Crops and Livestock: Part 1

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Events and trainings
Topic: Education

Northeast Climate Hub partners have published two new studies exploring how a changing climate is affecting regional crops - hear from lead author of Challenges and Opportunities for NE Crop Production in a Changing Climate, David Wolfe.

Climate Change Impacts on Nutrient Runoff and the Effectiveness of Best Management Practices

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Events and trainings
Topic: Extreme weather; Precipitation

Participate to understand collaborative modeling approaches that are available to assess the impacts of climate change on critical source areas (CSAs) of watershed nutrient pollution (e.g., N,P,TSS), how best management practices (BMPs) will perform under alternative climate trends, and possible extension approaches to improve BMP adoption.

Woodman Horticultural Research Farm at UNH

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Photos/videos; Case studies
Topic: Precipitation; Drought; Changing pest and disease pressure; Education; High tunnels

The USDA Northeast Climate Hub partnered with University of Delaware, and other USDA and land grant collaborators to create a virtual network of climate-informed farm and forest demonstration sites called, 'As If You Were There.' University of New Hampshire researchers are looking at ways growers might adapt to and take advantage of current and expected climate conditions from managing insect...

High Tunnels Help RI Farmers Adapt to Climate Variability

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: University of Rhode Island
Type: Case studies
Topic: Precipitation; Extreme weather

To ensure long-term farm success and sustainability, Rhode Island farmers will need to stay abreast of environmental trends and employ management practices that address natural resource concerns associated with weather variability. High tunnels are a tool that can help farmers adapt to increasingly irregular weather conditions by protecting crops and soil during severe weather events.

Climate Change and its Effects on Animal Agriculture

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Events and trainings
Topic: Education; Extreme weather

Participate in this webinar to understand the current and potential effects that climate change will have on livestock farmers across the country.

Weather and Climate Considerations: Dairy

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Fact sheets
Topic: Cover cropping; Precipitation; Extreme weather

How does the changing climate impact dairy operations, and what can dairy farmers do to adapt?

Growing Day Neutral Strawberries in New Hampshire: Variety Selection and Production Tips

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: University Of New Hampshire
Type: Scientific summaries
Topic: Precipitation; High tunnels

This guide is intended to summarize our experiences with day-neutral strawberry varieties at the University of New Hampshire and to share data from our trials as a benchmark for day-neutral performance in the region.

Best Management Practices for On-Farm Climate Change Resilience in the Northeast: Social, Ecological and Economic Implications

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Events and trainings
Topic: Extreme weather; Precipitation; Drought

Participants will become aware of the social, ecological and economic drivers and implications of certain management practices that may reduce farm-scale risks producers in the northeast face because of climate change.

URI's Agronomy Farm

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Photos/videos; Case studies
Topic: High tunnels; Precipitation; Education; Cover cropping

The USDA Northeast Climate Hub partnered with University of Delaware, and other USDA and land grant collaborators to create a virtual network of climate-informed farm and forest demonstration sites called, 'As If You Were There.' University of Rhode Island is conducting research and outreach on high tunnel production and summer cover crops to help farmers tackle both the risks and opportunities...

Agroforestry at Angus Glen

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Photos/videos; Case studies
Topic: Drought; Precipitation; Education; Extreme weather

The USDA Northeast Climate Hub partnered with University of Delaware, and other USDA and land grant collaborators to create a virtual network of climate-informed farm and forest demonstration sites called, 'As If You Were There.' Visit Angus Glen Farms, a 300 acre operation located in Watkins Glen, New York using agroforestry practices. The farm has 80 cow-calf pairs of Angus cattle grown for...

UDC Urban Farm

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Photos/videos; Case studies
Topic: High tunnels; Precipitation; Education

The USDA Northeast Climate Hub partnered with University of Delaware, and other USDA and land grant collaborators to create a virtual network of climate-informed farm and forest demonstration sites called, 'As If You Were There.' As the climate continues to change, food security will likely remain an issue. Urban food hubs like the East Capitol Urban Farm can help mitigate the effects of warming...

Dickinson College Farm's Silvopasture

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Photos/videos; Case studies
Topic: Drought; Precipitation; Education; Extreme weather

The USDA Northeast Climate Hub partnered with University of Delaware, and other USDA and land grant collaborators to create a virtual network of climate-informed farm and forest demonstration sites called, 'As If You Were There.' This tour explores the silvopasture systems and adaptive management practices at Dickinson College Farm.

Adapting to Climate Change: Upinngil Farm

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: this USDA Climate Hub-funded video series produced by the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Type: Photos/videos
Topic: High tunnels; Precipitation

On Upinngil Farm in Massachusetts they're growing strawberries and grapes and grazing livestock, using grass-based milk sales to provide income stability. High tunnels have provided both season extension and climate control. Farmer Clifford Hatch says, "We are working to manage the risks of this resource in the best possible way."

Sequestering carbon in agricultural soils: What works?

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Events and trainings
Topic: Education

Learn how carbon is sequestered in agricultural soils and how agriculture can contribute to climate change mitigation and help Maryland reach its GHG reduction goals

Cornell's Climate Smart Farming Program: Research, Tools, and Extension Support for Farmers in NY and the Northeast

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Events and trainings
Topic: Education

Learn how climate change is affecting agriculture in the Northeast, and how Cornell University is developing new resources through its Climate Smart Farming (CSF) program to help farmers to make more informed decisions to increase resiliency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the face of climate change.

Adapting to Climate Change: Edgewater Farm

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: this USDA Climate Hub-funded video series produced by the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Type: Photos/videos
Topic: High tunnels; Extreme weather; Precipitation; Drought; Cover cropping

Farmer, Pooh Sprague, of Edgewater Farm in New Hampshire has also come to rely on high tunnels and other strategies for protected growing of the farm's key crops. He notes the importance of practices that build the soil's health and resiliency. "Everything I do is to ameliorate the damage I do by tilling," he says.

Northeast and Northern Forests Regional Climate Hub Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Scientific summaries
Topic: Education

this report provides an overview of regional agriculture and forest system sensitivities to climate change and adaptation strategies, a greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation profile for the region, and a summary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs that are vulnerable to a changing climate and what is being done to build resilience on working lands through these programs.

Conversations with Cecarelli Farms

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Photos/videos
Topic: Irrigation; Reduce tillage

Farm managers, Nelson Cecarelli and William DellaCamera, candidly speak about their diversified vegetable operation in Northford, Connecticut, and the changes that Cecarelli Farms has gone through to become both a more sustainable and efficient operation.

A New Shallow Groundwater Well for Small Agriculture Supply

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Events and trainings
Topic: Education; Irrigation

Webinar participants will learn how shallow groundwater from glacial till aquifers can provide a high quality water supply for agricultural and domestic use.

Irrigation research at UD

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Photos/videos; Case studies
Topic: Irrigation; Drought

The USDA Northeast Climate Hub partnered with University of Delaware, and other USDA and land grant collaborators to create a virtual network of climate-informed farm and forest demonstration sites called, 'As If You Were There.' At the University of Delaware's Warrington Irrigation Research Farm, researchers are improving irrigation to boost crop yields and manage soil and water resources.

Clovercrest Farm: A Family Dairy in Charleston, Maine

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Case studies
Topic: Precipitation; Drought

Clovercrest Farm is a small-scale dairy farm owned by Steve Morrison and Sonja Heyck-Merlin located in Charleston, Maine, 25 miles outside of Bangor. They milk 95 Jersey cattle on 250 acres, of which 125 acres are pasture and 125 acres are wooded. The farm rents 350 acres of cropland in the surrounding area to grow winter forage. Clovercrest Farm is pasture-based and has been certified USDA...

Impacts and Opportunities of Climate Change on Northeast Crops and Livestock: Part 2

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Events and trainings
Topic: Education

Northeast Climate Hub partners have published two new studies exploring how a changing climate is affecting regional livestock - hear from the lead author of Climate change effects on livestock in the Northeast US and strategies for adaptation, Alexander Hristov.

Climate Risks in the Northeast

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Fact sheets; Scientific summaries
Topic: Drought; Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation; Extreme weather

Farmers, ranchers, and foresters in the Northeast are feeling the pressures of a changing climate and increasing weather variability. In recent years the Northeast has experienced large increases in the frequency and intensity of heavy rains, more so than any other part of the country. In 2016, while record rains fell in the southern part of this region (WV), many other parts of the Northeast...

Yale-Myers Forest Orchard

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Photos/videos; Case studies
Topic: Drought; Changing pest and disease pressure; Education

The USDA Northeast Climate Hub partnered with University of Delaware, and other USDA and land grant collaborators to create a virtual network of climate-informed farm and forest demonstration sites called, 'As If You Were There.' Visit a small-scale agroforestry system in the Yale-Myers forest and learn how this diverse orchard is being managed to address pests, weeds, drought, and erosion.

How Much is Enough? Dialing in Irrigation on Northeast Diversified Vegetable Farms

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub, University of Vermont Extension
Type: Case studies; Fact sheets
Topic: Irrigation; Drought

Researchers and farmers work towards efficient irrigation by comparing crop water needs to weekly applications on diversified Vermont vegetable farms

Climate Change Capacity Discovery: Current Activities and Future Priorities at Land-grant Universities in the Northeast

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: Pennsylvania State University, Cornell University, USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Scientific summaries
Topic: Education

This report details the findings from the Capacity Discovery project, an online survey implemented in spring 2015 that documented the current and future capacity of land-grant universities in the Northeast to address climate change research and Extension work in the agriculture, natural resources, and forestry sectors.

Who Needs Irrigation in the Northeast?

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Events and trainings
Topic: Education; Irrigation

This webinar will cover recent and ongoing research designed to help Northeast vegetable producers improve on-farm water efficiency.

High Tunnels at DSU

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Photos/videos; Case studies
Topic: High tunnels; Precipitation; Education

The USDA Northeast Climate Hub partnered with University of Delaware, and other USDA and land grant collaborators to create a virtual network of climate-informed farm and forest demonstration sites called, 'As If You Were There.' The Delaware State University (DSU) Outreach...

Blueberries, Pollinators, and Pests with WVU

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Photos/videos; Case studies
Topic: Changing pest and disease pressure; Education

The USDA Northeast Climate Hub partnered with University of Delaware, and other USDA and land grant collaborators to create a virtual network of climate-informed farm and forest demonstration sites called, 'As If You Were There.' Visit with the researchers at West Virginia University who are working with McConnell’s Berry Farm to study the impacts of increasing temperatures on blueberry...

UVM Dairy Farming Research

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Photos/videos; Case studies
Topic: Precipitation; Drought; Extreme weather; Education

The USDA Northeast Climate Hub partnered with University of Delaware, and other USDA and land grant collaborators to create a virtual network of climate-informed farm and forest demonstration sites called, 'As If You Were There.' Visit the University of Vermont research happening on working dairy farms to see how management practices can affect water quality, economics, and greenhouse gas...

Energy Strategies for Farm Resilience in the Northeast

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Events and trainings
Topic: Education

This webinar looks at how energy-oriented design and operation can impact the resilience (the capacity to recover quickly from challenges) and long term success of farm operations, as well as identify common energy strategies for farm viability and resilience.

Automated Access to Free NOAA Weather Data for Use in Ag Decision Models

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Events and trainings
Topic: Education; Precipitation

Use available UNIX-based scripts to automate access to free weather data from NOAA/NWS databases, as well as examples of how such data can be translated into weather-based farm management decisions by automated analysis and export of presentation graphics through Microsoft Excel.

UMaine's Highmoor Farm

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Photos/videos; Case studies
Topic: High tunnels; Reduce tillage; Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation; Changing pest and disease pressure; Education

The USDA Northeast Climate Hub partnered with University of Delaware, and other USDA and land grant collaborators to create a virtual network of climate-informed farm and forest demonstration sites called, 'As If You Were There.' Visit the research and variety trials happening at the University of Maine's Highmoor Farm. Maine is a state known for its long, cold winters and short growing season...

Economics of Gully Erosion Stabilization

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub, University of Vermont Extension
Type: Case studies; Fact sheets
Topic: Precipitation; Extreme weather

Rainfall intensity is increasing in the Northeastern U.S. Stabilizing gullies is one strategy for adapting to this changing climate. This case study evaluates the costs and benefits of restoring gullies at Last Resort Farm.

Sustainable Dairy Cropping at Penn State

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Photos/videos; Case studies
Topic: Cover cropping; Precipitation; Reduce tillage; Education

The USDA Northeast Climate Hub partnered with University of Delaware, and other USDA and land grant collaborators to create a virtual network of climate-informed farm and forest demonstration sites called, 'As If You Were There.' In this virtual tour, Penn State University researchers are studying cropping systems that can make dairy farming more sustainable in the face of a changing climate.

Cover Cropping to Improve Climate Resilience

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Fact sheets
Topic: Cover cropping; Precipitation; Extreme weather

Heavy rains are becoming more frequent across the Northeastern United States and increasing soil erosion and nutrient runoff problems. Wetter weather in the spring and fall is reducing the number of days that fields can be worked. Consider planting cover crops to help adapt to these climate trends.

Adapting to Climate Change: Intervale Community Farm

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: this USDA Climate Hub-funded video series produced by the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Type: Photos/videos
Topic: Cover cropping; Precipitation; Extreme weather; High tunnels

In Vermont, at Intervale Community Farm, farmers are using green manure and cover crops, and seeding density to build soil fertility and increase resiliency. In their 27 years of operation, they've learned to adapt to periodic floods from the Winooski River by careful decisions about where their short-rotation and long-season crops are placed. Farmer Andy Jones says that, even in the flood plain...

Proceedings of Northeast Climate Hub Partners Meeting

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub, Rutgers, Delaware State University
Type: Scientific summaries
Topic: Cover cropping; High tunnels; Irrigation; Reduce tillage; Changing pest and disease pressure; Drought; Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation; Extreme weather

The proceedings from this workshop include recorded talks, summaries and synthesis of discussion. Together, this document captures some of the research, expertise, and experiences of those working to address climate adaptation and actions to support agriculture in our region.

Cornell Biochar and Compost Facilities

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Photos/videos; Case studies
Topic: Education

The USDA Northeast Climate Hub partnered with University of Delaware, and other USDA and land grant collaborators to create a virtual network of climate-informed farm and forest demonstration sites called, 'As If You Were There.' To deal with their organic wastes, Cornell is using slow pyrolysis to create biochar, and also composting. Both can be used as soil amendments and to sequester carbon.

Adaptation Resources for Agriculture: Responding to Climate Variability and Change in the Midwest and Northeast

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Midwest Climate Hub, USDA Northeast Climate Hub, and USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub
Type: Tools or calculators
Topic: Education; Extreme weather

Changes in climate and extreme weather are already increasing challenges for agriculture nationally and globally, and many of these impacts will continue into the future. This technical bulletin contains information and resources designed to help agricultural producers, service providers, and educators in the Midwest and Northeast regions of the United States integrate climate change...

Managing Grazing to Improve Climate Resilience

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Fact sheets
Topic: Precipitation; Extreme weather; Drought

Heavy rain events have increased dramatically in the Northeastern United States. These downpours are causing more soil erosion and nutrient runoff. Increasing summer temperatures may also amplify plant stress and limit productivity. Consider adapting to these climate trends on your farm by using a rotational stocking system.

Continued Conversations with Cecarelli Farms

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub
Type: Case studies
Topic: Irrigation; Reduce tillage; Changing pest and disease pressure; Drought; Precipitation; Extreme weather

As illustrated by Cecarelli Farms, there are many actions a farm can take to lessen the impacts – or even take advantage of - climate trends. Through conversations with farm manager, William DellaCamera, some actions Cecarelli Farms has taken include the use of deep zone tillage to combat soil erosion from heavy rains, installation of a SDI system to more efficiently target water to crop roots (...

Irrigation Pays in Protecting Vegetable Crop Revenues in the Northeastern US

Added by Karrah Kwasnik • Last updated November 23, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub, University of Vermont Extension
Type: Case studies; Fact sheets
Topic: Precipitation; Drought

Climate records show that the Northeast is experiencing more rainfall. However, much of the additional precipitation is occurring as heavy events, leaving intervening periods of hot and dry weather. With this extreme and variable wet weather taking its toll on farms, a key question is: Does crop irrigation make sense as a farm resilience strategy given the overall increased precipitation in the...

Growing Degree Days

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
Type: Tools or calculators
Topic: Forecasts for the Northeast; Climate science; Precipitation; Cover cropping; Adaptation practices; High tunnels

This tool shows visual comparisons of the projected number of growing days in a year between the historical baseline (1961-1990) and the projected future (2020-2090) under either low or high emission scenarios.

New York Climate Change Science Clearing House

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: New York Climate Science
Type: Fact sheets; Rules and regulations; Scientific summaries; Tools or calculators
Topic: Changing pest and disease pressure; Climate science; Drought; Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation; Cover cropping; Adaptation practices; Drainage; High tunnels; Irrigation; Reduce tillage

This is an information center with access to applicable policies, management practices, adaptation resources, etc. related to climate change and agriculture.

Dry Day Calculator

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
Type: Tools or calculators
Topic: Drought; Climate science; Precipitation; Drainage; Adaptation practices; Irrigation

This tool shows visual comparisons of the projected number of dry days in a year between 2020 and 2090 compared to the period between 1961 - 1990.

Maine Climate and Ag Network

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: University of Maine Extension
Type: Case studies; Events and trainings; People/services; Photos/videos; Scientific summaries; Tools or calculators
Topic: Changing pest and disease pressure; Climate science; Drought; Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation; Cover cropping; Adaptation practices; Drainage; High tunnels; Irrigation; Reduce tillage

This is a collection of tools, resources, publications, etc that help farmers in Maine adapt to the effects of climate change.

Report on Pepper Growing in High Tunnels in Response to Climate Change

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: Universitty of New Hampshire Extension
Type: Case studies; Fact sheets; Photos/videos; Scientific summaries
Topic: Changing pest and disease pressure; Climate science; Drought; Forecasts for the Northeast; High tunnels; Adaptation practices; Irrigation

This is a report done by University of New Hampshire researches on the comparison between growing different pepper varieties in the field vs a greenhouse. The purpose of the study was to help vegetable farmers adapt to the weather variability brought on by climate change.

Livestock Indemnity Program

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Type: Fact sheets; Grant opportunities; People/services
Topic: Extreme weather; Climate science

Provides benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather or by attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government - payments are equal to 75% of the average fair market value of the livestock.

Network for Environment and Weather Applications

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: Cornell University
Type: Fact sheets; Scientific summaries; Tools or calculators
Topic: Changing pest and disease pressure; Forecasts for the Northeast

This site provides links to daily weather summaries, NOAA weather forecasts, pest forecasts, Extension resources, and crop management tools based on a given location.

Climate Field View

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: Climate Fieldview Staff
Type: Tools or calculators
Topic: Cover cropping; Irrigation; Drought; Precipitation

This tool aids farmers in decision making on their farm or ranch based off climate data.

Emerald Ash Borer Tracking

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: Cornell Northeast Regional Climate Center
Type: Fact sheets
Topic: Changing pest and disease pressure; Forecasts for the Northeast

This tool tracks the emergence and aids in the management the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus Planipennis), an invasive insect for ash trees.

Average Daily Minimum Winter Temperature

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
Type: Tools or calculators
Topic: Forecasts for the Northeast

Visualization of average daily minimum winter temperature and comparisons between historical record (1961-1990) and the projected future (2020-2090) under either high or low.emissions scenarios

Improving Resilience in Row Crops

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: University of Vermont Ag Extension
Type: Photos/videos; Scientific summaries
Topic: Cover cropping; Drainage; Irrigation; Reduce tillage; Changing pest and disease pressure; Drought; Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation

This informative document explains the ways in which farmers can adapt to climate change, the potential current and future impacts of climate change on their farm, and how adapting will help them.

Webinar on Restoring CT River Flow in a Changing Climate

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NECASC)
Type: Photos/videos; Scientific summaries
Topic: Drainage; Irrigation; Reduce tillage; Drought; Precipitation

This is an hour-long free webinar on assessment and management recommendations for climate adaptation in the Connecticut River Watershed.

Cattle Heat Stress Forecast

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: USDA Agricultural Research Service
Type: Fact sheets
Topic: Forecasts for the Northeast

This USDA website provides forecasts for heat stress on cattle to inform livestock managers on when preventative action should be taken to protect their animals.

Sea Level Rise Viewer

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: NOAA
Type: Tools or calculators
Topic: Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation; Drainage

This tool allows individuals to visualize community level impacts from coastal flooding or sea level rise. It includes data related to water depth, connectivity, flood frequency, socio-economic vulnerability, wetland loss and migration, and mapping confidence.

Ask a Question

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: USDA National Agricultural Library
Type: People/services
Topic: Cover cropping; Drainage; High tunnels; Irrigation; Reduce tillage; Changing pest and disease pressure; Drought; Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation

Service that allows people to answer any question to an agricultural librarian. They can attach a file, picture, etc. to give their question context.

Webinar on the Impacts of Climate Change on Maple Syrup Production and how to Adapt

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NECASC)
Type: Events and trainings; Photos/videos
Topic: Forecasts for the Northeast

This hour-long free webinar is about the impacts of climate change on maple syrup production and how maple producers can best adapt.

NRCS Maine Case Study

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: USDA NRCS
Type: Case studies; Fact sheets; Grant opportunities; People/services; Rules and regulations; Scientific summaries
Topic: Cover cropping; Drainage; High tunnels; Irrigation; Reduce tillage; Changing pest and disease pressure; Drought; Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation

The NRCS state case studies provide access to state specific topics for technical assistance, financial assistance, farm bill information, how to assess soil and water quality testing, etc.

Northeast Drought Early Warning system

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: National Drought Mitigation Center
Type: Tools or calculators
Topic: Drought; Precipitation; Irrigation; Drainage

Demonstrates drought projections for the week, as well as historical context from varying time frames, specified for the Northeastern region of the U.S.

NOAA Climate Monitoring

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
Type: Tools or calculators
Topic: Drought; Precipitation; High tunnels

This NOAA site provides climate information at multiple scales and across multiple variables, such as temperature, precipitation and drought. It includes state of the climate, climate at a glance, extremes, snow and ice, etc.

Maine Coastal Flooding Resilience Checklist

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: Cake X Tools
Type: Fact sheets; People/services
Topic: Drainage; Irrigation; Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation

This is a checklist intended to help coastal Maine community members identify and adapt to flood risks.

Nattional Invasive Species Information Center

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: USDA National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC)
Type: Events and trainings; People/services; Scientific summaries
Topic: Changing pest and disease pressure

Serves as a gateway to invasive species information from federal, state, local, and international sources.

LandCAN

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: Land Conservation Assistance Network
Type: People/services; Scientific summaries
Topic: Forecasts for the Northeast

This service helps landowners make smart, sustainable decisions about their land through the promotion and protection of wetlands, forests, farms, endangered species habitats, and other open spaces.

Crop Production and Protection

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: USDA Agricultural Research Service
Type: People/services; Scientific summaries
Topic: Changing pest and disease pressure

Delivers science-based information, genetic resources, and technologies for increased crop productivity, economically and environmentally sustainable methods of crop production, and protection from plant diseases and pests.

Livestock Forage Program

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Type: Fact sheets; Grant opportunities; People/services
Topic: Irrigation; Drought; Precipitation

Provides financial assistance to eligible livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses for covered livestock on native land.

Borrow Materials from National Agricultural Library

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: USDA National Agricultural Library
Type: People/services
Topic: Education

This is a service that allows people to borrow books and other educational materials from the national agricultural library.

360 Degree Demonstrations

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: USDA Climate Hub
Type: Case studies; Photos/videos
Topic: Irrigation; Changing pest and disease pressure; Drought; Precipitation; Drainage

This tool consists of a movable panorama of multiple farms in the Northeast. It also includes links to videos and text resources on specific practices.

Disaster Resource Center

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: USDA
Type: Fact sheets; People/services; Rules and regulations; Scientific summaries
Topic: Cover cropping; Drainage; High tunnels; Irrigation; Reduce tillage; Changing pest and disease pressure; Drought; Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation

Information about specific disasters and emergencies, how to prepare, recover, and help build long-term resilience for a variety of climate related disaster events.

Webinar on Customizing Phenological Information for Invasive Species Management

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NECASC)
Type: Photos/videos; Scientific summaries
Topic: Changing pest and disease pressure; Forecasts for the Northeast

This is an hour-long free webinar about the varying invasive species growers might come into contact with in the face of climate change as well as how to deal with them in the most efficient manner.

The Fourth National Climate Assessment

Added by Rachel Schattman • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: U.S. Global Change Research Program
Type: Scientific summaries; Fact sheets
Topic: Drought; Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation

The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future.

Average Daily Maximuum Summer Temperatrue

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
Type: Tools or calculators
Topic: Forecasts for the Northeast

This tool shows visualizations of average daily maximum Summer temperature and comparisons between the historical record and the projected future in specific areas.

Resources to Navigate Drought Successfully

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: University of Maine Extension
Type: Fact sheets; People/services
Topic: Drainage; Irrigation; Drought; Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation

This site provides state specific information drought management and planning in Maine.

Adaptation Resources for Agriculture

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: USDA
Type: Fact sheets; Scientific summaries
Topic: Cover cropping; Drainage; High tunnels; Irrigation; Reduce tillage; Changing pest and disease pressure; Drought; Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation

This briefing explains the impacts of climate change on agriculture, suggests adaptation strategies and how to implement them on one's farm, and provides examples of adaptation strategies in real-world sitatuions.

NRCS Vermont Case Study

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: USDA NRCS
Type: Case studies; Fact sheets; Grant opportunities; People/services; Rules and regulations; Scientific summaries
Topic: Cover cropping; Drainage; High tunnels; Irrigation; Reduce tillage; Changing pest and disease pressure; Drought; Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation

The NRCS state case studies provide access to state specific topics for technical assistance, financial assistance, farm bill information, how to assess soil and water quality testing, etc.

Seven Day Low Streamflows

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)
Type: Tools or calculators
Topic: Drainage; Irrigation; Drought; Precipitation

This resource shows a GIS map of changes in the minimum annual rate of water carried by rivers and streams across the country based on the long-term rate of change from 1940-2016.

NRCS Climate Adaptation Practice Search

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: USDA NRCS
Type: Events and trainings; Fact sheets; People/services; Scientific summaries; Tools or calculators
Topic: Cover cropping; Drainage; High tunnels; Irrigation; Reduce tillage; Changing pest and disease pressure; Drought; Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation

This NRCS site helps farmers plan their conservation / climate adaptation practices based on the specific issue / region / crop / livestock they have.

Climate Change Resource Center

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: USDA Forest Service
Type: Case studies; Fact sheets; Photos/videos; Scientific summaries
Topic: Cover cropping; Drainage; High tunnels; Irrigation; Reduce tillage; Changing pest and disease pressure; Drought; Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation

The USDA Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a national online resource that connects natural resource and land managers with science-based climate change and ecosystem management information and tools.

New England Adaptation Survey Report for Vegetable and Fruiut Growers (2017-2018)

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: University of Vermont Researchers: Alissa White, Joshua Faulkner, Sarah Sims, Phoebe Tucker, Kyle Weatherhogg
Type: Fact sheets; Photos/videos; Scientific summaries
Topic: Cover cropping; Drainage; High tunnels; Irrigation; Reduce tillage; Changing pest and disease pressure; Drought; Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation

This paper describes the results of a survey and research project about adaptive management practices in the face of a changing climate in New England.

The Fourth National Climate Assessment

Added by Devon Johnson • Last updated November 21, 2019
Author: U.S. Global Change Research Program
Type: Scientific summaries; Fact sheets
Topic: Drought; Forecasts for the Northeast; Precipitation

The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future.

Adapting to Climate Change: New England Farmers

Added by Rachel Schattman • Last updated September 27, 2019
Author: USDA Northeast Climate Hub, University of Vermont Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Type: Case studies; Photos/videos
Topic: Cover cropping; Adaptation practices; Irrigation; Drought; Climate science

Three successful organic farmers in Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire are adapting their farming practices to climate change. Each farmer discusses how they’re experiencing and adapting to climate change. They discuss how cropping strategies, water management, and soil protection practices have increased their resilience to climate impacts and helped them continue to farm successfully.

Getting started with drip irrigation: components and costs

Added by Rachel Schattman • Last updated September 27, 2019
Author: Rachel Schattman and Chloe Boutelle
Type: Fact sheets
Topic: Irrigation; Adaptation practices; Drought; Climate science

This fact sheet presents an overview of the most common components and options in drip irrigation systems, accompanied by estimated costs.