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Speed Science - Cover Crops Fall Seeding Last Updated on 2014-03-01 17:48:56 Published on Sep 13, 2013 Snapshot of the benefits of cover crops and when and how to plant them in the Midwest. Filmed at a cover crop field day, at Mark Jacobs' Farm in Hedrick, Iowa, September 11, 2013. The video was developed in cooperation with Practical Farmers of Iowa, Iowa Learning Farms, and this project--the Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project, a regional collaboration supported by USDA-NIFA Award No. 2011-68002-30190. Filming and editing by Jamie Benning, a co-PI of this project's Extension Team.  More »
Speed Science - Nutrient Reduction Strategies - Matthew Helmers, Iowa State University Last Updated on 2014-02-28 18:43:08 Published on Dec 4, 2013 Matthew Helmers, associate professor of agricultural & biosystems engineering at Iowa State University, discusses how the Iowa nutrient reduction strategy provides an opportunity for increasing cover crops. This lecture was part of the "Implementing Cover Crops to Improve Cropping System Resilience" workshop in Story County, Iowa, at the Field Extension Education Laboratory on April 2, 2013. The workshop was developed in partnership with the USDA-NIFA Sustainable Corn project. Other partners included Iowa State University and Extension and Outreach, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Iowa Learning Farms, the USDA Agricultural Research Service and North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education. More »
Vulnerability and Resilience of Human Populations Last Updated on 2014-01-07 12:40:35 This 90-minute workshop session engaged faculty in sharing ideas and resources for teaching about who is vulnerable to climate change and why. The session demonstrates use of a ‘Jigsaw’ exercise for  students to work in small groups examining selected case studies and discussing ways in which different populations are vulnerable and/or resilient to climate stresses, the underlying factors that create these conditions, and strategies for decreasing vulnerability and enhancing resilience.  The session was part of a four-day workshop that brought together faculty from multiple colleges and diverse disciplines to work collaboratively on developing new and revised courses, explore engaged learning pedagogies, and add to their knowledge for interdisciplinary teaching about climate change within a liberal arts curriculum. The workshop was held twice on the campus of... More »
Website: 100 Views of Climate Change Last Updated on 2013-03-13 00:00:00 SUMMARY This site offers clear, current, hight-quality information about climate change - on ethics and atmospheric science, economics and agriculture, literature and ecology, policy and refugees, and more.  This resource takes inspiration from the 19th-century artist Hokusai, who created 100 Views of Mount Fuji, Japan's most sacred mountain. It contains useful materials in the form of short and long videos, notes about good books and articles and links to key websites. ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING MATERIALS Explore >> 100 Views of Climate Change More »
Book: Asserting Native Resilience Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations Face the Climate Crisis Last Updated on 2013-02-13 00:00:00 SUMMARY Asserting Native Resilience presents a rich variety of perspectives on Indigenous responses to the climate crisis, reflecting the voices of more than twenty contributors, including Indigenous leaders and Native and non-Native scientists, scholars, and activists from the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Alaska, and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Also included is a resource directory of indigenous governments, non-governmental organizations, and communities that are researching and responding to climate change and a community organizing booklet for use by Northwest tribes. An invaluable addition to the literature on climate change, Asserting Native Resilience will be useful for students of environmental studies, Native studies, geography, and rural sociology, and will serve as an important reference for indigenous leaders, tribal members, rural planners, and environmental... More »