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February 4, 2013

Climate Adaptation Exchange to be held in Tifton Friday

TIFTON — The second annual “Climate Adaptation Exchange” will bring together farmers, extension professionals and specialists from Alabama, Fla. and South Carolina to highlight the impacts on climate-related risks and resource-use efficiency of several commonly recommended best-management strategies in agriculture. Producers from all types of systems are encouraged to attend. The event will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center.

What technologies and management alternatives can really reduce agriculture’s risks from the ups and downs of climate? How can producers increase the efficiency of using costly farm inputs? How can forecasts of seasonal climate — the best estimate of what to expect in the coming months — be used to better manage farm operations and reduce risk? These are some of the questions being explored in Friday’s Adaptation Exchange workshop. Several farmers, the real experts in managing risks in agriculture, will be featured in discussions and Q&A’s about their successes and challenges with implementing management changes for more productive, stable farming systems.

Management options presented by producers and specialists include Sensor-Based Irrigation Management, Variable-Rate Irrigation, Subsurface Drip Irrigation, Primed Acclimation, Sod-Based Rotation, Conservation Tillage & High-Residue Cover Crops, Energy Efficiency and Alternatives, and AgroClimate. The seasonal climate outlook will also be presented, and there will be discussions of crop insurance issues and barriers and solutions to changing management.

For more information and to register, visit http://www.agroclimate.org/seclimate/events/. Registration is free, includes a catered lunch and is on a first come, first served basis. The event will fill up fast, so participants are encouraged to register by Wednesday.

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