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Research Project: Initiating the Midwest Regional Climate Hub: FY 2014

Location: Soil, Water & Air Resources Research

Project Number: 5030-11610-005-38-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Feb 5, 2014
End Date: Sep 30, 2018

The objectives of the MCH are to: 1) assemble research information on climate and weather impacts on agriculture production systems in the Midwest; 2) conduct surveys on the stakeholder requirements for use of climate-agriculture or climate-forest information for decision making; and 3) develop information delivery tools, e.g., websites, synthesis products, and webinars.

The initial phase of the MCH is to focus on the development of effective linkages and partnerships to deliver information on a range of products to a diverse set of stakeholders. During the first phase of the development of the MCH emphasis will be placed on utilizing the information collected on the attitudes and information needs of corn producers through the Corn CAP (Iowa State University) and the U2U project (Purdue University) and the US Forest Service through their efforts on climate impacts on forest systems. These projects provide insights into the information requirements for these commodities and will provide the base for the development of surveys for the vegetable and perennial crops and livestock systems. The goal of this process is to first determine what the stakeholders require before developing an information delivery system and products. Linkages will be developed with the Midwest Regional Climate Center to provide access into climate data and forecast data through the NOAA forecast centers as a means of expanding the scientific basis for effective adaptation strategies. The primary efforts during the initial phase of the MCH is to conduct planning on the scope, engagement of stakeholders, development of surveys to evaluate their information needs, and construct a network among research, extension, and education groups. One critical component of this effort will be the survey and synthesis of the current state of scientific knowledge on the impacts of weather and climate on crops, forests, and livestock for Midwestern production systems including the direct and indirect impacts from insects, diseases, and weeds. This information will be a necessary foundation for linking with short- and long-range forecasts to build intelligent adaptation practices for producers.