UPDATE! Oregon Training on Farm Planning for Climate Resilience

by Cathy McQueeney

Conservation staff are invited to attend Train the Trainer: Farm Planning for Climate Resilience for Oregon Agricultural Professionals on November 2-4, 2021. Virtual sessions will be held from 10:00 a.m.-noon and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. each day. An agenda will be forthcoming.

  • Farm Planning for Climate Resilience:  An Oregon Train the Trainer Program
  • November 2-4, 2021
  • 10:00 a.m.-noon and 1:00-3:00 p.m. each day 

Goals:

  • Provide training for Oregon agricultural professionals to advance knowledge of farm-based solutions for climate resilience.  These solutions reduce risks from extreme weather events, store more carbon in the soil and work for a farmer’s bottom-line.

  • Create a community of practice in Oregon dedicated to supporting, improving, and better understanding farming for climate resilience in Oregon.

Objective:

  • Increase knowledge of technical service providers to better support growers in their transition to farming for climate resilience.

Who Should Attend?

The primary audience is agricultural technical service providers throughout Oregon.  This includes staff from OSU Extension, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Oregon Natural Resource Conservation Service , Watershed Councils, Land Trusts, non-profits and farmer education providers.

What Will the Training Provide?

The training consists of a series of virtual trainings to increase knowledge of technical service providers to support growers in their efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change

  • 6 – 8 virtual sessions in November 2021

  • Content to be determined via planning committee including input from:

    • grant advisory committee,

    • a survey of ag professionals in Oregon, and

    • models across the US.

  • Highlights from input to date include interest in: holistic farm planning for climate resilience, the science of climate impacts to Oregon, the economic benefits of soil health practices, communications on climate change and deeper dives into specific topics like better water management and cover cropping, the role of equity and land access, updates on state-wide policy and opportunities for engaging in policy.

This training is supported by:  Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Oregon Professional Development Program (WSARE PDP)

Thanks and appreciation is given to the Planning Committee:  Amy Garrett-OSU/Dry Farm Collaborative, Hannah Gosnell – OSU, Joe Kline – OR NRCS, Cory Owens – OR NRCS, Maud Powell – OSU Small Farms, Holly Prendeville – USDA NW Climate Hub, and Marie Vicksta, Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District.