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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.

Upcoming Webinar:

Climate Change and Agronomics
Thursday, December 21st at 1:00PM CT

This month we are encouraging folks to join the Illinois Indiana Climate Webinar Series. This webinar will feature Jeff Volenec of Purdue Agronomy. Volenec’s research aims to understand how crop plants adapt to stress, including climate change, and to explore how genotype x environment x management interactions might be used to enhance plant productivity and resilience. His work encompasses perennial plants that must endure the heat and drought of summer, but also must survive stresses associated with winter and still thrive. Be sure to join us!

Recent Webinar:

Adapting to Change… with Marilyn Thelen
Monday, October 23 at 1PM CT

Hear from Marilyn Thelen, who retired from MSU Extension in January 2023 after serving as the associate director for the MSU Extension Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute from 2018 to 2023. Marilyn first joined MSU Extension in 1984, and then returned in 2001 after gaining experience with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and as an MSU research associate. In addition to being an MSU Extension educator focusing on cropping and livestock systems, she has served as the Clinton County Extension director and interned as a district coordinator. In her retirement, Marilyn serves on the GreenStone Farm Credit Board of Directors and is playing a more active role in the farm.

In her career and in farming change is a constant. In her presentation, she looked back over her career and discussed the adaptations that allowed her to gain knowledge, understanding and leadership skills. She discusses her journey with climate and how our changing climate impacted both her career and farming operation. Finally, we discuss how extension can play a role in affecting producers’ understanding and adaptation to a changing climate.