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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, […]

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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 […]

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Roots of Resilience and Lazy R Ranch to Host Wildfire Management Workshop

Medical Lake, Wash. — In August of 2023, the Gray Fire burned 10,000 acres of urban/suburban/rural interface west of Spokane, WA. Over half the Lazy R Ranch, the learning site for Roots of Resilience, was burned in the fire.  Roots of Resilience, in collaboration with Lazy R Ranch, is proud to announce a comprehensive workshop, “Tame the […]

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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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Check it out: How forests can benefit from biochar and biochar production

By Tim Nicosia, USDA Northwest Climate Hub Forest managers have been slow to include biochar in management plans despite an expanding body of research demonstrating biochar’s efficacy for improved vegetation growth, restored soil health, and improving air quality impacts. Enhanced understanding of costs, benefits, drawbacks and overall economic feasibility among forest managers could change this […]

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An Emerging Threat: Climate Change and Wildfire in Northwest Rangelands

By Morgan Lawrence, UDSA Northwest Climate Hub Adapting to changing wildfire patterns in Northwest rangelands will require dedication, collaboration, and careful consideration of the trade-offs between different management strategies. Rising temperatures, invasive annual grasses, and human ignitions are driving a concerning shift in wildfire patterns across Northwest rangelands. Since 2000, more acres of rangeland than […]

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Washington Professional Development Survey

The WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources is requesting agriculture professionals to complete this 5-minute survey to shape the future of the Washington Professional Development Program to meet the needs of our agriculture professionals and support farmers, ranchers, and producers in agricultural sustainability.   The Western SARE Professional Development Program (PDP) is designed to […]

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U of I researchers offer answers to common questions about greenhouse gases from livestock production

By Mario E. de Haro Martí, University of Idaho Extension A group of researchers at the University of Idaho have produced a publication titled “Answers to common questions about greenhouse gases” to help livestock producers foster dialogue about greenhouse gases (GHG) from beef production. The refereed publication is designed as a tool to equip producers […]

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