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Climate Conversations: Adaptation in Agriculture

Climate Conversations: Adaptation in Agriculture

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Join us for a conversation about how U.S. farmers are responding to changing climate conditions and how policies can support these efforts.

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Extreme rainfall, rising temperatures, and changing production conditions are just some of the hazards climate change creates for agriculture. Mitch Hunter (American Farmland Trust) will moderate a conversation with Amélie Gaudin (University of California, Davis) and Mitchell Hora (Continuum Ag) about how farmers are responding to these challenges in the United States and how policies can support or hinder innovative practices.

The conversation will be webcast on the Climate Conversations: Adaptation in Agriculture webpage on Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 3-4pm ET. Closed captioning will be provided. The conversation will include questions from the audience and will be recorded and available to view on the page after the event.

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Amélie Gaudin is an Associate Professor and Endowed Chair in Agroecology at University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on developing sustainable agroecosystems by looking at how diversification strategies and soil health affect resilience and productivity. She also seeks to understand how root systems and the rhizosphere can help adapt crops to more sustainable soil management practices and to changes in resource availability.

Mitchell Hora, a 7th generation Iowa farmer, is the Founder/CEO of Continuum Ag and co-host of Field Work, a podcast about the benefits and challenges of sustainable agriculture. His farm has become a hub for innovation in the adoption of diverse cover crops, interseeded cover crops, relay cropping, and other soil health practices. With his expertise in soil health assessment and improvement, he has developed a global network and soil health data tool to assist in quantifying soil health.

Mitch Hunter leads the research and climate change programs at American Farmland Trust, a national non-profit agricultural conservation organization based in Washington, D.C. His research focuses on agricultural land-use change, climate resilience, and cropping system diversification with cover crops and perennial grains. He previously led farm bill policy efforts for American Farmland Trust.

Climate Conversations: Pathways to Action is a monthly webinar series from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that aims to convene high-level, cross-cutting, nonpartisan conversations about issues relevant to national policy action on climate change.

Disclosure: The webinar participants have no financial or commercial relationships to disclose related to this online educational activity. The views expressed in the conversation are those of the participants and do not necessarily represent the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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