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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: North Central Region Fruit, Vegetable, and Wine Growers’ Assessment of Soil and Water Vulnerability under Changing ..... Events Project Number: 5030-21610-002-53
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: May 01, 2014
End Date: Apr 30, 2018

Objective:
1. What are the perceived soil and water management risks, opportunities, and challenges associated with extreme weather events and a changing climate in the Upper Midwest that affect capacity to grow the regional fruit, vegetable, and wine industries? 2. What are the current lines of ARS and LGU research and extension/outreach in the region that are addressing the soil and water management concerns associated with these industries? 3. What do growers and their production advisors see as the priority gaps that need additional attention and investment?

Approach:
1. Assessment of Upper Midwest region fruit, vegetable, and wine growers perceived risks, opportunities, and challenges associated with managing soil and water resources under increasing extreme weather events and changing climate patterns. 2. Assessment of growers’ perceptions becomes a feedback loop to ARS Midwest Climate Hub partners including LGU research and extension to strengthen current and increase future responsiveness to industry issues associated with soil and water management. 3. Development of future iterative feedback loops among ARS, LGU, and the fruit, vegetable and wine industries to increase agroecosystem resilience under changing climate conditions in ways that increase capacities to grow these NC region industries while assuring long-term sustainability of soil and water resources.

Last Modified: 10/30/2014
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