HARDIN COUNTY - From the record drought that covered much of the nation last year to Superstorm Sandy that caused an estimated $50 billion or more in damage in the Northeast and Midwest, extreme weather events plagued growers nationwide throughout 2012 and experts anticipate more in the future. As a result, growers have to find ways to adapt agriculture to such conditions, an Ohio State University Extension expert said.Examples of how to do so will be discussed by OSU Extension and Ohio State University experts in agriculture, climatology and environmental economics during a workshop hosted by the Soil and Water Conservation Society on Wednesday, Feb. 6. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
The event is designed to help growers devise ways to adapt agriculture to extreme weather conditions to try to minimize the financial impact from such events, said Jim Hoorman, an OSU Extension educator and an assistant professor studying cover crops and water quality issues.
The workshops will feature presentations by Jeff Rogers, state climatologist and a professor in Ohio State's Department of Geography; Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and senior research scientist with the Byrd Polar Research Center; and Brent Sohngen, professor of environmental economics, all from Ohio State. Other presenters include OSU Extension experts Bruce Clevenger, Alan Sundermeier, Rafiq Islam and Hoorman.
Topics will include: Ohio Weather and Climate Trends; Farmer Attitudes and Survey Data on Weather; Extreme Weather Changes related to Glaciers, Agriculture and People; 21st Century Agriculture; the Economics of Adapting to Extreme Weather; and Extreme Weather Effects on Agricultural Production. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St. in Reynoldsburg.
Registration is $25 by Jan. 25 for members of the Soil and Water Conservation Society and $35 for non-members and late registrants. Students are $10. Registration includes refreshments and lunch.
For more information on the meeting, workshops or to register, contact John Armentano at 937-483-8581. Registration can be paid by check payable to All Ohio Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society and can be mailed to Armentano at 3635 Dayspring Drive, Hilliard, 43026.