In July 2017, the conference, Resilient Southern Plains Agriculture and Forestry in a Varying and Changing Climate, reviewed the status and needs for the future in the Southern Plains relative to irrigation and dryland farming, range and livestock, confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and forestry. The conference was at the Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) Climate Hub. Participants included stakeholders, researchers, and extension faculty as well agencies’ representatives. Kansas State University participants included Joel DeRouchey, Daniel Devlin, Walter Fick, Bill Golden, Audrey King Xiamomao Lin, Peter Tomlinson, Justin Waggoner. Other Kansas participants were Wayne A. White, from Creekridge Farm; Dale Fjell, from the Kansas Corn Growers Association, and Larry Biles, from the Kansas Forestry Service. The goal was to take an optimistic view by identifying resources and capacities that exist in the Southern Plains to address challenges, including proactive, cross-boundary research and extension team development. The final conference report summarizes the outcome of the meeting, and is linked below.
Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library
Xiaomao Lin, Agronomy