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Research Project: Adaptation Resources Workbook for Specialty Crops: Responding to Climate Change and Variability in California and Portions of Arizona

Location: Crops Pathology and Genetics Research

Project Number: 2032-21220-007-08-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Aug 1, 2017
End Date: Sep 30, 2020

Objective:
1)Simplify the process of identifying appropriate climate adaptation options for individual growers, thus reducing the confusion and anxiety that often surrounds planning for uncertain climate futures. 2)Identify areas of on-farm management in which adaptation practices may be required to mitigate loss or instability, or to take advantage of new opportunities. 3)Stabilize specialty crop yields in the fact of climate change and variability, thus reducing risks to growers. 4)Encourage increased use of available state and federal programs incentivizing proactive climate adaptation by providing information and contacts in a single, easy-to-understand source.

Approach:
1)Assessment of stakeholder groups with representation from diverse specialty crop interests representing the continuum of environmental, socio-ecological, and regional settings. 2)Develop a draft menu of Adaptation Strategies and Approaches; engage stakeholders and partners for initial input and feedback; plan and advertise workshop; identify participants and scenarios for workshops. 3)Host workshops to test the toolkit with extension professionals and producers. Gather feedback and information on the process for improvement and refinement of the strategies and strategies. 4)Revise Adaptation Workbook and Adaptation Strategies and Approaches based on user feedback, write and publish California workbook. Plan and deliver webinars and workshops. Engage and work with the directors at the Northwest and Southwest climate hubs to ensure opportunities for extension in those respective regions are made. 5)Engage extension professionals, technical service providers, and producers to use toolkit via mediums outlined. Identify existing growers using these practices to establish on-the-ground demonstration(s) for use as case studies and examples. Integrate a web based platform similar to: www.adaptationworkbook.org.