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Speed Science Video - Cover Crops Fall Seeding - CSCAP Last Updated on 2014-07-03 11:58:11 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 »
Assess the U.S. Climate Last Updated on 2014-06-25 17:13:14 Skip to main content Utility ABOUT US WHAT WE DO AGENCIES Enter your keywords   UnderstandClimate Change ExploreRegions & Topics Browse & FindData, Resources, & Multimedia FollowNews & Updates EngageConnect & Participate   WHAT WE DO ASSESS THE U.S. CLIMATE SHARE Assess the U.S. Climate Scientific assessments are essential tools for linking science and decision making. They survey and synthesize science, within and between disciplines and across sectors and regions. They highlight key knowledge that can improve policy choices and identify significant gaps that can limit effective decision making. Assessments also track progress by identifying changes in the condition of the Earth, changes in human response, and advances in science over time. Assessments have been... More »
EPA Climate Indicator’s Report Release Last Updated on 2014-06-24 10:38:52 EPA Report Shows Impact of Changing Climate on Americans’ Health and Environment WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the third edition of a report, Climate Change Indicators in the United States. The report pulls together observed data on key measures of our environment, including U.S. and global temperature and precipitation, ocean heat and ocean acidity, sea level, length of growing season, and many others. With 30 indicators that include over 80 maps and graphs showing long-term trends, the report demonstrates that climate change is already affecting our environment and our society. “These indicators make it clear that climate change is a serious problem and is happening now here in the U.S. and around the world,” said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.... 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 »