MCP Agriculture Resources

(Updated 04/13/21)

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Fifth Oregon Climate Assessment Report (Jan 2021)  Dalton, M., and E. Fleishman, (eds). Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

USGS: National Climate Change Viewer (NCCV) (This is a great site and has been updated so it again functions.

Climate Victory Gardens (Green America)

A Brief Guide to the Impacts of Climate Change on Food Production. (Yale Climate Connections. Oct. 05, 2019 )

Information Related to Key Questions

Key Question 1: How will climate change, including reduction of water availability as well as temperature increases, influence agriculture, personal gardens, and landscaping?

Climate Change Could Lead to Major Crop Failures in World’s Biggest Corn Regions

Key Question 2: What impact will the increases in the level of CO2 have on agriculture?

Hot & Hungry: How climate change affects the nutrient content of our food (Mother Earth Living, Sept/Oct 2018

Climate change will make hundreds of millions more people nutrient deficient. Nicola Davis, August 27, 2018 in The Guardian.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels this century will alter the protein, micronutrients, and vitamin content of rice grains with potential health consequences. Zhu et al 2018

Oregon Scientist Tracks Climate Change Effects On Wine (Jefferson Exchange 7-23-18)

High CO2 Levels Make Rice Less Nutritious, Study Finds

The Great Nutrient Collapse  Helena Bottemiller Evich, Politico, September 13, 2017

How Rising CO2 Levels May Contribute to Die-Off of Bees   

Key Question 3:What is Regenerative or Healthy Soil Management and how can it make a difference?

Granges Can Become Part of Regenerative Agriculture Movement (October 4, 2020) Ray Seidler, Cultivate Oregon

What is Regenerative Agriculture? (September 12, 2020) Ray Seidler, Cultivate Oregon

Soil Scientist Wins $250K Prize for Helping Farmers and Fighting the Climate Crisis  Jordan Davidson, EcoWatch,

Invest in Food, Reverse Climate Change (Summer 2020) Eleanor Greene, Green America.org As scientists look at regenerative agriculture as a solution to the climate crisis, investors see opportunities to help the sector grow.

Green America. Food and Climate.

Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District. Maintaining your soil’s health: supporting soil as a living thing

6 States Tapping Into the Benefits of Carbon Farming (July 12, 2017) Diana Donlon

Farmers Put Down the Plow for More Productive Soil

Summit urged to clean up farming (Nov 22, 2011) Nature

Rodale Institute – Farming Institute Trials

Soil Carbon Restoration: Can Biology do the Job?  (August 14, 2015) Jack Kittredge,  NOFA/Mass

Soil holds potential to slow global warming, Stanford researchers find

How to make more dirt down on the farm and get paid for it – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Regenerative Agriculture Groups

Soil4Climate

Regenerative Organic Certified Regenerative Organic Certified™ is a revolutionary new certification for food, textiles, and personal care ingredients. ROC™ farms and products meet the highest standards in the world for soil health, animal welfare, and farmworker fairness.

Key Question 4: How can we apply these concepts in our daily lives?

Sources of Native Plants

Plant Oregon, Wagner Creek, Talent (also a sponsor of MCP)

Shooting Star Nursery, Central Point

Regenerative Agriculture practices in your garden

July 2020 SOCAN Monthly Meeting: Digging In: Master Gardener Meets Master Climate Protector (Rhianna Simes, Cultivate Oregon) YouTube Video.

Goodbye, Organic; Hello, ‘Regen-Certified’—Ready for the Newest Label on Store Shelves? (March 9, 2021) by Karn Manhas, Worth. For many of us, the organic certification label has become a touchstone we look for to help us choose what’s good for us. But is it good enough?

Gardening in a Warming World: A Climate Smart Gardening course Book  (2018) Cornell University Cooperative Extension.

Pollinator Project Rogue Valley – Plant for Pollinators, Phoenix, Oregon

Beef & holistic management and planned grazing theories of Allan Savory

(There is more on this issue – this is just a few references to provide 2 sides of the ideas.)

Allan Savory’s Holistic Management Theory Falls Short on Science by Christopher Ketcham (Feb 23, 2017 in Sierra Magazine)

The Savory Method Can Not Green Deserts or Reverse Climate Change A response to the Allan Savory TED video. By David D. Briske, Brandon T. Bestelmeyer, Joel R. Brown, Samuel D. Fuhlendorf, and H. Wayne Polley (Rangelands, a publication of The Society for Range Management, 2013)

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Link to SOCAN Agriculture Resources