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Best Management Practices for On-Farm Climate Change Resilience in the Northeast

Climate change impacts in the northeastern U.S. include an increase in the number of heavy storms and floods, changes in the suitability for growing traditional crops, changes in insect and plant communities, and decreases in milk production due to hotter summers. The Vermont Farm Resilience in a Changing Climate Initiative is a collaboration between farmers, extensionists, climate and policy scientists, economists and agroecologists at the University of Vermont. Farmer perceptions of risk and profitability of best management practices (BMPs) are key determinants of adoption, which traditional incentive programs like EQIP attempt to address by providing financial and technical support. In this webinar, agroecologist and farmer Rachel Schattman will share results from her research on the strategies Vermont farmers are using to limit risks associated with climate change, and agricultural economist David Conner will present his findings about the financial and policy implications of promising on-farm management practices for climate change adaptation.

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Presenters:
Rachel Schattman, PhD Candidate, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
David Conner, Associate Professor, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Sponsor:
This webinar is sponsored by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub, which builds on capacity within USDA to deliver science-based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Go to webinar >>