Thursday, December 6, 2007
2:00-3:30 (special time)
Agricultural management in a changing climate
Historical climate patterns in the Pacific Northwest have clearly shaped the development of the various regional cropping systems. Anthropogenic climate change is likely to increase risks associated with crop production. New strategies will be required to make regional agricultural systems even more resilient to climate change and variability. Researchers at Washington State University are combining state of the art information technology tools with ecosystem knowledge to improve agricultural decision-making and management systems in the context of uncertain climatic conditions.
Chad Kruger is the BIOAg Educator for the WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources (CSANR). In his current capacity, he coordinates CSANR's Climate Friendly Farming TM Project, which is researching agricultural practices and technologies that reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, sequester carbon in soils, and provide renewable, biomass-based substitutes for fossil fuel-based products. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and History (1997) and an Academic Certificate in Ecointensive Agriculture Technologies (1998) from Northwest College in Kirkland, Washington, an M.S. in Land Resources (2003) and is a Ph.D. candidate in Land Resources from the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He was an Au Sable Graduate Fellow at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His professional experience includes more than 10 years of experience in teaching, extension and research on the adoption of sustainable agriculture systems and technologies and administration of a research policy network. He currently serves on the Washington State Climate Advisory Team, including both the Agriculture Technical Working Group and the Ag Preparation/Adaptation Working Group.