Title

Alternative Crops in Drought Conditions

Date

5-26-2016 11:00 AM

End Time

26-5-2016 1:00 PM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Geography

Session Chair

Mark M. Van Steeter

Session Title

Geography: Climate Change

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Mark Van Steeter

Abstract

Global warming trends are predicting a hotter and dryer climate for the Pacific Northwest. These predictions mean that we need to prepare ourselves for the possibility of long term drought like conditions. Even in the face of drought, agriculture is still an important part of our survival. Practices of low-impact farming and the use of alternative drought-tolerant forage crops can save limited water resources. Less common varieties of crops we currently use have been proven effective and efficient in areas such as Australia where drought is an on-going issue. By introducing these lesser known varieties to our little corner of the world, I hope to persuade others to consider options that could be both cost effective and helpful to our environment.

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May 26th, 11:00 AM May 26th, 1:00 PM

Alternative Crops in Drought Conditions

WUC Pacific Room

Global warming trends are predicting a hotter and dryer climate for the Pacific Northwest. These predictions mean that we need to prepare ourselves for the possibility of long term drought like conditions. Even in the face of drought, agriculture is still an important part of our survival. Practices of low-impact farming and the use of alternative drought-tolerant forage crops can save limited water resources. Less common varieties of crops we currently use have been proven effective and efficient in areas such as Australia where drought is an on-going issue. By introducing these lesser known varieties to our little corner of the world, I hope to persuade others to consider options that could be both cost effective and helpful to our environment.