Joshua Faulkner: Applied Research and Outreach at the Intersection of Agriculture, Climate Change, and Water Quality in Vermont
Climate change is increasing the challenge, and urgency, of finding agricultural management solutions to address water quality concerns and improve resiliency on farms in Vermont. Innovative solutions in how we manage soil, water, and nutrients hold much potential for improved outcomes, but we do not fully understand the effects of conservation practices and their tradeoffs. On-farm monitoring, modeling, and other research are beginning to improve our knowledge and will eventually allow for improved recommendations, programs, and policies.
Joshua Faulkner is a Research Assistant Professor and coordinates the Farming and Climate Change Program in UVM Extension's Center for Sustainable Agriculture. He does applied research and outreach on soil, water, and nutrient related issues across the state and region, and works with farmers on practices and innovative solutions to improve management of these resources and enhance farm resilience to climate change. His focus spans from the farmstead to the watershed scale. He has also worked on dairy wastewater handling and treatment in New York State, TMDL issues in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and irrigation efficiency in West Africa. He has a BS from Virginia Tech in Biological Systems Engineering, and an MS and PhD from Cornell University, both in Agricultural and Biological Engineering. He grew up on a beef farm, and currently has a small pastured pork farm business.
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