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.

Most Recent Webinars:

Indiana Agriculture and Agricultural Water Management in a Changing Climate
Thursday, June 27th at 1:00pm 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

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.

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

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.