Impacts & Adaptation

Sustainable Grazing Starts with Good Forage Production Data, Especially Under a Changing Climate

By Sonia A. Hall, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University, and Tip Hudson, Washington State University Extension We recently released StockSmart, a free, online decision support tool that we developed in partnership with the University of Arizona and the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, that accesses remotely sensed forage […]

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Shaken or Stirred? Testing Biochar Cocktails for Emission Reductions in Composting

By Karie Boone, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University Washington State is working towards the goal set by HB-1799 to reduce organic waste taken to landfills by 75% by 2030. An important alternative destination for organic wastes—such as manure, yard debris, food waste, wood and garden waste—is composting facilities, which process […]

Piles of manure with a loader in front, with a conveyor belt above the piles.

Check it out: No-till Wheat Farming in Oregon Prepares Farmers for Climate Change and Improves Fish Habitat

By Janelle Christensen (she/her),USDA Northwest Climate Hub In The Dalles, Oregon, dryland wheat farmers are using innovative farming practices that help them prepare for extreme weather caused by climate change. The benefits of these practices extend far beyond improved climate resilience. They also reduce the impact farming can have on the local ecosystem. As a […]

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Check it out: The impacts of warming winters and falls on the work of honeybees

By Georgine Yorgey (she/her) Associate Director, Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources, Washington State University Honeybees are small but mighty. They produced about 139 million pounds of honey in the US last year, worth more than $350 million.  But even more valuable than that, they pollinate more than 130 types of fruits, nuts, and […]

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Promise and Pitfalls: Cultivating understanding of agricultural artificial intelligence

By Alex Kirpatrick, PhD (they/them), Communication Scientist, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University Artificial intelligence (AI) is filtering your spam, gatekeeping your newsfeed, chatting with you online, and underpinning many of your regular activities. Many vaunt the potential of AI in agriculture to help land-managers adapt to uncertain and extreme weather, […]

Robot machinery in an orchard with a researcher operating controls.

Climate Change & Stream Flow for Salmon: Barriers & Opportunities for Adaptation in Washington State

By Amanda Stahl, Washington State University and Karie Boone, The Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University Predicting climate impacts on water availability for agriculture and potential effects on salmon populations requires us to understand natural seasonal changes in streamflow patterns across the Pacific Northwest. The Washington Department of Ecology in collaboration […]

Aerial view of pink salmon with green algae below.

General best management practices for creating resilient forests

By Christine Buhl, PhD, Oregon Department of Forestry Hot droughts have led to an increase in damaged and dead trees across the Pacific Northwest. However, many resources are available to help landowners create forests that are more resilient and better prepared for a changing climate. This post highlights current strategies from universities and natural resource […]

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One Year into Washington’s Climate Commitment Act: Impacts on Agriculture

Dani Gelardi, Washington State Department of Agriculture Last year, we asked, “How will the Climate Commitment Act (CCA) impact Washington agriculture?” For a brief primer on the topic, read the 2022 blog post. Now, with one year passed, let’s review how farmers are faring under this ambitious state law to reduce greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions. […]

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Data Driven Decision Making: Empowering Farmers in a Changing Climate

By Lulu Chen, Intern at the AgAID Institute, Washington State University Can data be a game changer for farmers in the face of climate change? Farmers are at the forefront of risk and uncertainty in the face of a rapidly changing environment. Irregular weather patterns, severe temperatures, and shifting precipitation levels create significant challenges to […]

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