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Developing Effective Drought Monitoring Tools for Farmers and Ranchers in the South Central U.S.

Developing Effective Tools for Communicating Drought Information
Principal Investigator
Mark Shafer

Dates

Start Date
2014-09-02
End Date
2016-09-01
Release Date
2014

Summary

The South Central U.S. is one of the main agricultural regions in North America: annual agricultural production is valued at more than $44 billion dollars. However, as climate conditions change, the region is experiencing more frequent and severe droughts, with significant impacts on agriculture and broader consequences for land management. For example, in 2011 drought caused an estimated $7.6 billion in agricultural losses in Texas and an additional $1.6 billion in Oklahoma. Although there are many drought monitoring tools available, most of these tools were developed without input from the stakeholders, such as farmers and ranchers, who are intended to use them. The goal of this project was to assess the information needs of farmers, [...]

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Contacts

Principal Investigator :
Mark Shafer
Co-Investigator :
Steven Quiring
Funding Agency :
South Central CSC
Cooperator/Partner :
Chad McNutt, Brian Fuchs
CMS Group :
Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC) Program

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Eastern_NewMexico_KatharineHayhoe.jpg
“Eastern New Mexico Ranch; Credit: Katharine Hayhoe”
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“Drought-affected cornfield - Credit: Dave Kosling, USDA”
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Purpose

The south central U.S. is one of the main agricultural regions in North America and annual agricultural production is valued at more than $44 billion dollars. Climate variability and drought have significant impacts on agriculture. Although there are many drought monitoring tools available, unfortunately most were developed without input from the stakeholders who are intended to use them. In the SC CSC region, farmers and ranchers are responsible for the majority of land management. The goal of this project is to assess the information needs of famers and ranchers in the SC CSC region in the development of drought monitoring products that are effective and responsive to their needs. We will assess the drought information needs of farmers and ranchers in the SC CSC region and develop new drought monitoring tools that are responsive to user needs. This project will produce results that are directly applicable to land management decisions. In addition to advancing knowledge on how drought information is used, the project also contributes to our understanding of how private land owners and agronomists make decisions related to landscape-scale change.

Project Extension

parts
typeGeneral Public Summary
valueThe south central U.S. is one of the main agricultural regions in North America and annual agricultural production is valued at more than $44 billion dollars. Climate variability and drought have significant impacts on agriculture. Although there are many drought monitoring tools available, unfortunately most were developed without input from the stakeholders who are intended to use them. In the SC CSC region farmers and ranchers are responsible for the majority of land management. The goal of this project is to assess the information needs of famers and ranchers in the SC CSC region in the development of drought monitoring products that are effective and responsive to their needs. We will assess the drought information needs of farmers and ranchers in the SC CSC region and develop new drought monitoring tools that are responsive to user needs. This project will produce results that are directly applicable to land management decisions. In addition to advancing knowledge on how drought information is used, the project also contributes to our understanding of how private land owners and agronomists make decisions related to landscape-scale change.
typeTechnical Summary
valueThe south central U.S. is one of the main agricultural regions in North America and annual agricultural production is valued at more than $44 billion dollars. Climate variability and drought have both direct and indirect impacts on agriculture and consequences for land management. There are many different drought monitoring products and tools available, but unfortunately most were developed without input from the stakeholders who are intended to use them. In the SC CSC region private landowners, such as farmers and ranchers, are responsible for the majority of land management. The goal of this project is to assess the information needs of famers and ranchers in the SC CSC region in the development of drought monitoring products that are effective and responsive to their needs. This goal will be achieved by addressing four main objectives: (1) Assess the drought information needs of farmers and ranchers in the SC CSC region (2) Assess the strengths and weaknesses of existing drought monitoring tools (3) Develop new drought monitoring tools (or enhance existing tools) that are responsive to user needs (4) Improve and refine the new drought monitoring tools through an iterative process that incorporates feedback from farmers and ranchers in the SC CSC This project will improve our understanding of the drought information needs of farmers, ranchers and land managers in the SC CSC. It will develop new drought monitoring tools that are responsive to the needs of stakeholders in the region and make them publicly available. This project will increase the awareness of farmers and ranchers in the SC region about the drought monitoring products that are available to support their decision-making needs. This project will be supported through collaborations with the National Drought Mitigation Center and the National Integrated Drought Information System.
typeGrant
valueG14AP00158
projectStatusCompleted

Budget Extension

annualBudgets
year2014
totalFunds82319.0
year2015
totalFunds102626.0
totalFunds184945.0

Additional Information

Identifiers

Type Scheme Key
RegistrationUUID NCCWSC 40b4fa70-6fea-467d-92ac-c31cb51b6d63
StampID NCCWSC SC13-SM18346

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