An Integrated Cooperative Agricultural Project will be established by three Land Grant universities and the USDA Agricultural Research Service to increase the capacity of Inland Pacific Northwest cereal production systems to adapt to and mitigate climate change.
Objectives 1-5: employ climate, cropping systems and economic modeling to establish an integrated theoretical framework for understanding the interactions between climate and agriculture in the region; assess alternative production systems for adapting to and mitigating climate change to meet NIFA targets for reduced emissions and increased efficiency; monitor soil carbon, nitrogen, energy, water efficiency and greenhouse gas production under current and alternative cropping systems; employ social and economic surveys, economic modeling to understand the factors governing alternative system adoption; examine implications of climate change for crop pests, pathogens, and weeds.
Objective 6: assist K-12 teachers in developing relevant curricula, and train graduate and undergraduate students to address climate change in agriculture.
Objective 7: engage stakeholders and provide them with information needed to respond to climate change.
Objective 8: build institutional capacities for continued research, extension and education concerning climate change and agriculture.
Objective 9: employ transdisciplinary synthesis, including a life cycle analysis, for a holistic, system-wide understanding and basis for appropriate responses to climate change in Inland Pacific Northwest agriculture. AFRI Priority Areas: 1) plant health and production and plant products, 4) renewable energy, natural resources, and environment, 5) agriculture systems and technology, and 6) agriculture economics and rural communities, and AFRI's challenge 5) mitigate and adapt to climate change.