Upcoming Webinars

The North Central Climate Collaborative (NC3) is working to increase the flow and usability of climate information for Extension, farmers, natural resource managers, and communities. As a part of this work, the team hosts bimonthly webinars for water and climate professionals on a range of climate, water and agricultural topics.

From newspaper headlines to detailed scientific reports and lived experiences, climate change impacts and information surround us. Yet, most Americans don’t hear about climate change in the media on a regular basis and few think climate change will impact them personally.

Upcoming Webinars:

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

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 will present two studies related to farmers’ climate perspectives and conservation practice use. The presentation will also include 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

The Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5), released in November 2023, is the US Government’s preeminent report on climate change impacts, risks, and responses. Join us as authors from several chapters pertinent to the North Central Region (Agriculture, Midwest, Northern Great Plains, and Southern Great Plains) provide 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

Most Recent Webinar:

Climate Tools from the Midwestern Regional Climate Center
Monday, February 26th at 1:00PM CT – View the Recording

The Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) provides high-quality climate data, tools, interactive maps, and customized services for the Midwest and the nation. This webinar, featuring Melissa Widhalm, showcased various free products and services offered by the MRCC to support agricultural production and water resources management in the north-central US. Featured products included a soil temperature climatology, a custom chilling hours tool, and a first/last freeze date trend tool.  

Melissa Widhalm is the Associate Director and Regional Climatologist at the Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC), located on the main campus of Purdue University. For over 15 years, Ms. Widhalm has worked to improve the usability of climate information for agricultural and other applications. With an academic background in meteorology and climatology, she is passionate about delivering high-quality climate resources, science communication, and climate data services.

View all our webinars on our webinar archive page.