Researchers at Michigan State University 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 – Greenhouse Gas Basics (E-3148) and Field Crop Agriculture and Climate Change (E-3149) – free of charge 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 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.
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 fact sheets are MSU research project team members Claire Layman, Extension public policy specialist; Julie Doll, education and outreach specialist at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station for the Long-term Ecological Research Program; Phil Robertson, professor of crop and soil science; and Cheryl Peters, Extension evaluation specialist.