Agcm 220 stakeholder presentation

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Tomorrows climate is todays challenge.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzjOcOcQ90U

Attention getter (shows climate change is real, its up to us to do something about it, what do we do?)0:00 (start), skip at :38, go to 1:28 (finish)1

Climate change and agriculture

How many of you are familiar with some kind of controversy involving climate change and agriculture?2

IssueControversialEnvironmentalistsProducers

Are agriculture and climate change linked? Some would say yes. Some would say no.There has to be a reason for things like global warming, but who is taking the responsibility?3

EnvironmentalistsGo Green!Produce less wasteOrganic

Many believe some of the chemicals producers use can be harmful to the environment. Becoming green and producing organic food has become the faade of the environmentalists. Why is this important? Not using chemicals to enhance animals and crops provides a more natural way of producing food. New ways of production have been introduced and proven to be more environmental friendly. Examples include cover crops vs. no till and will be discussed later on in the presentation.4

Water deficiency is one of our biggest climate problems. If we can fix our soil so that it conserves more water, the soil will function better, and everyone will benefit. Its a win-win situation. -- Professor Michelle Wander

Professor Wander said this, emphasizing the importance of water conservation. She stated that this was the key idea in keeping agriculture and the climate working together. She works in the department of natural resources as an associate professor.Many producers are bound by larger systems. Laws and regulations dictate how farmers go about producing crops and animals.With the research that she does, Wander hopes to provide facts to society about innovative ways producers can grow and sell produce.5

Council on Agriculture Science and TechnologyWays to reduce greenhouse gas emissionsDecreasing rate of land clearingIncreasing production of biofuelsDecreasing methane emissionsTaking CO2 from the atmosphere, using it in soil

Decreasing the rate of land clearing, increases efficiency of land useUsing biofuels, or renewable energy fuels, replaces fossil fuels which are harmful to the atmosphere.Decreasing methane emissions are better for the atmosphereTaking CO2 from atmosphere, leads to livestock production efficiency6

ProducersChallengesProduction processesLaws and RegulationsBudget

Even though not all would agree that agriculture directly affects climate change, climate change is evident. Producers are always trying new ways of production and being solicited with the new and improved ways of farming. In the past decade, there has been a movement for creating a greener or more environmental-friendly lifestyle. Farming is no exception. 7

Yes. Agriculture depends on the climate. It has to adapt and evolve, meeting the demands of the climate.

-- Arica Baer

(when asked if climate had anything to do in which agriculture is changing)Arica is a senior in animal sciences8

Production ProcessesFertilizersNo till vs. cover cropsEfficient use of soil

The use of fertilizers can put nutrients that humans need back into crops. (According to a recent issue of Environmental Health Perspectives)Using cover crops preserves less nitrogen and has shown to be more beneficial than no till practices. (Cover crops are used to manage soil fertility and preserve water. No till is a way to produce crops from year to year without disrupting the soil because of tillage.)Using our soil efficiently guarantees were getting the most out of the land.9

Still being debatedEnvironmentalistsPushing for drastic changeInsist many fertilizers are harmfulCarbon sequestration effectsProducersAdapting slowly as new technologies become availableHighlight the benefits of fertilizersCover crops

Even though the specifics of the relationship between climate change and agriculture and how they are affected by each other are still being debated, both sides are working towards improvement. These issues depend on each other and can both benefit by research and debate.10

Questions?

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