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