- Animal Production: grazing management, manure management, pasture renovation, range improvement, grazing - rotational
- Crop Production: conservation tillage
- Education and Training: technical assistance, demonstration
- Energy: bioenergy and biofuels, energy conservation/efficiency, energy use, solar energy, wind power
- Farm Business Management: risk management
- Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, hedgerows, soil stabilization, wildlife, carbon sequestration
- Pest Management: weed ecology
- Production Systems: transitioning to organic, agroecosystems, holistic management, organic agriculture, permaculture
- Soil Management: composting, organic matter, soil analysis, nutrient mineralization, soil chemistry, soil microbiology, soil physics, soil quality/health
- Sustainable Communities: leadership development
This project trained agricultural professionals on the expected impacts of climate change on agriculture, proven sustainable agriculture practices to mitigate climate change, and the status of climate change policy as it pertains to agriculture. In collaboration with a planning team representing the three agencies, we organized three workshops and farm tours for NRCS, Extension, RCD staff to showcase innovative sustainable farming practices that reduce on-farm greenhouse gas emissions, sequester carbon, produce renewable energy or make farming operation more resilient to climate change. The workshops were held in three distinct areas of California and featured regionally appropriate crops and practices.
The following performance targets were identified for this project:
– Establish planning committees to develop the agenda for the workshops.
– Conduct three workshops and farm tours in three diverse regions of California, attended by 25 to 35 people each for a total of 75 to 105 total project participants.
– Newsletter articles and media to promote the workshops.
– Two factsheets on related climate change and agriculture issues, focused on information relevant for California.
– Ongoing evaluation between workshops based on participant feedback and planning committee discussion to improve upon future events.