More than 80 farmers, extension professionals and specialists from Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama attended the second annual “Climate Adaptation Exchange,” which was held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center.
The goals of the workshop included participants learning how management alternatives can make production more efficient, more profitable and more resilient to climate variability; reviewing current climate conditions and latest projections for the upcoming season; and strengthening a network of agricultural stakeholders to continue to develop best bets for management that reduces climate-related risks and cuts cost in Southeastern agriculture.
During the day, participants had the opportunity to move between Management Strategy stations focusing on details of technology and impacts on climate-related risks and/or input-use efficiency. Participants learned about sensor-based irrigation management, variable-rate irrigation, subsurface drip irrigation, primed acclimation, sod-based rotation, conservation tillage and high-residue cover crops, energy efficiency and alternatives, and AgroClimate (tools and climate information).
Participants also received flyers with helpful information. According to a 2013 seasonal forecast flyer, the current three-month seasonal forecast (February, March and April), from the NOAA Climate Prediction Center, shows that drier-than-average conditions might by expected for most of Alabama and Georgia.
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