Climate Ready Midwest is a multi-state Extension-Climate Hub Partnership working to increase the adoption of regionally scalable climate-smart agriculture by helping to:
- Define what climate smart agriculture means to the Midwest Extension agricultural community, and
- Empower Extension professionals to lead climate-informed agricultural programming across the Midwest.
This project builds on the success and foundation of the North Central Climate Collaborative and includes many NC3 team members. As a part of the project, Extension professionals and the USDA Midwest Climate Hub are working together to:
- Assess Extension’s current thinking around and planning for future climate-informed agricultural programming
- Develop a shared road map outlining how to empower Extension to lead in climate-informed agricultural programming for row crop, specialty crop, and integrated livestock/crop agricultural systems, while including and elevating the perspectives of underserved audiences.
- Develop a needs assessment with recommendations for expanding climate-informed programming and engagement throughout the Midwest.*
- Coordinate a science engagement board to oversee the incorporation of accurate, translatable, and scalable climate strategies into our work
- Expand Climate Ready Farms – an online assessment tool for farmers to better understand their farms’ preparedness for weather and climate related issues and provide stories from other producers on how they are implementing climate-smart practices.*
- Create climate-informed carbon management and sequestration and net-zero emissions agriculture training curricula.*
- Create climate-informed youth engagement training curricula.*
*denotes the development of publication, training, or product
For more information contact Alli Parrish, project manager, at email@example.com, or Aaron Wilson, project director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Climate-Smart Agriculture?
The current working definition of climate-smart agriculture is:
The implementation of farm management practices that are informed by climate science to increase farm resiliency in the face of climate impacts and work toward net-zero carbon emissions. This includes practices like effectively managing water supplies, weeds, and nutrient applications, implementing soil health practices, diversifying crop varieties, adjusting planting and harvest timing, and better carbon management. According to the USDA, when applied appropriately, these activities may deliver quantifiable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and/or increases in carbon sequestration.
Meet the Team
Project Direction and Communication
Theory of Change
Dr. Ken Genskow is a UW-Extension Specialist and Professor of Environmental Planning & Policy at UW-Madison. He works in the areas of environmental planning and policy, watershed planning, and collaborative and participatory approaches to resource management. His research and project activities explore collaborative watershed management, watershed governance, and the effectiveness of policies/programs on land and water management. Dr. Genskow holds a B.S. in General Engineering, a Master’s in Urban Planning, and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning.
Amplifying Local Stakeholder Engagement
Climate Ready Farms