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Check it out: Climate Resilience Survey

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is pleased to announce the WSDA Climate Resilience Survey, linked below. WSDA, in collaboration with Washington State University, is developing a Climate Resilience Plan for Washington agriculture. The plan will summarize recent climate science, identify vulnerabilities, highlight opportunities, and include newly developed resources. It is essential that this work […]

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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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Check it out: NCRC Science Justice Summer School

The Northwest Climate Resilience Collaborative, hosted at the UW Climate Impacts Group, is excited to launch our first-ever Science Justice Summer School. This two-week program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will dive into a range of justice-related topics through lectures, discussion groups and more.  The Science Justice Summer School will run from July 10 to […]

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Check It Out: The Sky High Emissions of Global Food Waste… and One Way to Bring Them Down

By Aaron Whittemore, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University By some estimates the food sector contributes to about one-third of global greenhouse emissions, which isn’t so surprising given the huge amount of energy required to grow crops, feed livestock and pack and transport food across global markets. What may be more […]

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Check it Out: Carbon and Cow$ Podcast

WSU and University of Idaho are launching a podcast about carbon markets and livestock agriculture!  In the debut episode of the Carbon and Cow$ Podcast, we speak with Dr. Craig Frear, Director of Research and Technology at Regenis, about dairy anaerobic digesters and the mechanisms behind their on-farm viability in relation to emerging opportunities in carbon […]

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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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Pairing Solar Power and Agriculture in the Pacific Northwest

By Morgan Lawrence, USDA Northwest Climate Hub Climate change has caused unprecedented warming, varying precipitation patterns, and higher risks of drought and wildfires across the Northwest. These impacts threaten agriculture, natural resources, and human health in the region. Transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable forms of energy can reduce carbon emissions and slow the effects […]

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Does Pacific Northwest-Sourced Biochar Have a Future as a Soil Amendment in Annual Cropping Systems?

By Doug Finkelnburg, University of Idaho Extension I recently had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the “Making and Using Biochar” workshop hosted by my colleague and Area Forestry Extension Educator Chris Schnepf in Sandpoint, Idaho. The program was designed to give foresters, forest owners, and agriculturists an introduction to biochar in forestry and […]

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Protecting the Land that Feeds Us and Mitigates Climate Change

By Andrea Krahmer and Nellie McAdams, Oregon Agricultural Trust            From wine grapes to cattle and hay, Oregon produces more than 220 different crop and livestock products. About one-quarter of Oregon’s land base (16 million acres) is in agricultural production, and these lands provide opportunities for carbon sequestration and resilient food systems in the face of […]

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