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NIFA announces grants to study the effects of climate change on agricultural and forest production
Date:2/18/2011

wheat supply and 80 percent of its specialty soft white wheat for export. The research team will also determine the effects of current and potential alternative cropping systems on greenhouse gas emissions, carbon, nitrogen and water-levels, as well as energy budgets and local and regional farm income impacts, using models and replicated field trials. The team is composed of researchers from the University of Idaho, Washington State University, Oregon State University and USDA's Agricultural Research Service.

In addition, Eigenbrode's team will introduce innovative agricultural approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation into K-12, undergraduate and graduate curricula to prepare citizens and professionals for climate-related challenges and defining agriculture's role in providing food, energy and ecosystem services.

Dr. Lois Wright Morton, of Iowa State University, will receive $20 million over five years to lead a team that will estimate the carbon, nitrogen and water footprints of corn production in the Midwest; producers in this region represent 64 percent of the nation's grain corn and 37 percent of the corn silage. The team will then evaluate the impacts of various crop management practices when various climate models are applied. The Iowa State project, which includes researchers from 11 institutions in nine states, will integrate education and outreach components across all aspects of the project, specifically focusing on a place-based education and outreach program called "I-FARM." This interactive tool will help the team analyze the economic, agronomic and social acceptability of using various crop management practices to adapt and mitigate to the effects of climate change.

NIFA made the awards through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) funding opportunity. AFRI's Climate Change challenge area is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing carbon sequestration in agricultural and fore
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Contact: Jennifer Martin
jmartin@nifa.usda.gov
202-720-8188
United States Department of Agriculture - Research, Education and Economics
Source:Eurekalert

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