Need information on climate science and what climate variability means for agriculture and communities? We’re here to help.

The North Central Climate Collaborative (NC3) is made up of Extension professionals from across the region who are working to increase the flow and usability of climate information for Extension, farmers, natural resource managers, and communities. The team is working to increase the adoption of climate-smart practices, improving water management, while maintaining profitability.

Most Recent Webinars:

Indiana Agriculture and Agricultural Water Management in a Changing Climate
Thursday, June 27th at 1pm CT – View the Recording

Laura Bowling (Purdue Agronomy) discusses how projected climate change is expected to affect Indiana’s agricultural productivity and associated environmental quality through a unique hydrologic perspective. Indiana will have warmer temperatures, greater precipitation, increased duration and intensity of extreme heat during the growing season, and a longer frost-free period, but many of the negative impacts come about through asynchronization of historic precipitation, temperature and growing cycles. This webinar discusses potential impacts to annual and perennial crops, livestock soil and water, as well as adaptation measures that may mitigate the negative impacts of climate change on farms.

Applying Social Sciences in the Development of Climate-Smart Agriculture
Monday, April 29th at 1:00PM CT – View the Recording

In efforts to understand and advance agricultural practices that promote climate resilience, ag organizations and advisors face several challenges in facilitating the adoption of these practices. Social science research has homed in on these issues, developing nuanced frameworks for exploring these challenges and barriers.

In this webinar, Dr. Laurie Nowatzke presented two studies related to farmers’ climate perspectives and conservation practice use. The presentation also included a discussion of two applied projects that harness social science research to advance climate-smart outreach and programming in the Midwest.

Unpacking the Agricultural and Water Aspects of the Fifth National Climate Assessment across the North Central Region
Thursday, May 2nd at 1pm CT – View the Recording

The Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5), released in November 2023, is the US Government’s preeminent report on climate change impacts, risks, and responses. This special edition of the NC3 webinar series featured authors from several chapters pertinent to the North Central Region (Agriculture, Midwest, Northern Great Plains, and Southern Great Plains) provided highlights related to agriculture and water.

Featured Speakers:

  • Dannele Peck, Director of the Northern Plains Climate Hub, with the USDA Agricultural Research Service
  • Ray Wolf, former Science and Operations Officer for NOAA National Weather Service
  • Tonya Haigh, Research Assistant Professor and the Social Science Coordinator for the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Renee A. McPherson, Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma and University Director of the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center