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Real-life agricultural innovation: implications for future preparedness

Extension has traditionally involved getting results from researchers to decision-makers in agriculture. Partly because I work on climate change and agriculture, and partly because of…

Stepping back: What have we learned about agriculture and climate change, and where do we go from here?

As a number of large climate-and-agriculture projects at our Pacific Northwest universities have come to an end over the last year, we felt it was…

Variability and Scale: Considerations for Precision Agriculture

It is human nature to be entranced by the latest electronic gadget that promises to make our lives easier. Sometimes gadgets really do help us,…

Diversification where it isn’t easy: Beyond the grain-fallow rotation

Diversifying crop rotations is a key strategy used to break pest and disease cycles and improve yields. But in the driest areas of the Pacific…

Global agricultural regions to keep your eye on in the future

One challenge I struggle with when sharing research focused at global scales is how to tease out answers to questions that are meaningful in the…

Impacts and tools for dryland farmers adapting to climate change

As climate and agriculture researchers we’re constantly learning from farmers who we interact with. Our conversations with dryland wheat producers in the inland Pacific Northwest…

A role for agricultural landscapes in conserving wildlife – Part 2

Andrew Shirk, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington, co-authored this post with Sonia A. Hall, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University. Fields…

A role for agricultural landscapes in conserving wildlife – Part 1

Andrew Shirk, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington, co-authored this post with Sonia A. Hall, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University. Healthy…

What have we learned about dryland cropping systems in the last 15 years?

Dryland crops are a common sight east of the Cascades, and cover a LOT of acreage in the Pacific Northwest – more than 5.8 million…

Drought and small revenues – do they always go hand in hand?

The conditions the Northwest experienced in 2015 have received a lot of attention, because we saw drought even though precipitation was close to normal. So…
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