MSU offers information on climate change and agriculture 2011.08.11

Written by David Green.

Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) are developing a series of fact sheets to help Michigan field crop farmers adapt to and help mitigate a changing climate.

Two fact sheets in the series are currently available free of charge: Greenhouse Gas Basics (E3148) and Field Crop Agriculture and Climate Change (E3149). The information is offered as a downloadable PDF from the MSU Extension Bookstore (www.bookstore.msue.msu.edu).

The fact sheets summarize the science behind climate change and how it relates to field crop production. They are the outreach components of a research project funded by Project GREEEN (Generating Research and Extension to meet Economic and Environmental Needs), Michigan’s plant agriculture initiative at MSU, and a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) education grant. The objective of the research project focuses on finding ways to engage the producer, scientist and decision maker communities in discussions about the relationship between climate change and agriculture.

MSU research project team members are Claire Layman, Extension public policy specialist; Julie Doll, education and outreach specialist at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) for the Long-term Ecological Research Program (LTER); Phil Robertson, professor of crop and soil science; and Cheryl Peters, Extension evaluation specialist. The colleagues are in the process of developing five additional fact sheets: frequently asked questions about climate change, climate change and soil management in field crops, field crop adaptation to a changing climate, climate basics and Michigan’s changing climate.

Authors for the two available fact sheets are Doll and Marci Baranski, Arizona State University graduate student and MSU summer employee.

For more information about the climate change research project, contact Doll at 269/671-5117 or jedoll@msu.edu or Layman at 517/353-9694 or laymancl@anr.msu.edu.

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