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E-M:/ Climate Change, Agriculture and Great Lakes Workshop

Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

Climate Change and Agriculture in the Great Lakes
Region: The Potential Impacts and What We Can Do

On March 22, 2002, Michigan State University will hold
a workshop on the impacts of climate change on
agriculture in the Great Lakes region. The workshop
will be held at the Kellogg Center, on the MSU campus
in East Lansing, Michigan.

Climate change could affect the Great Lakes region in
a number of ways that would have implications for the
economy and quality of life. Some of the changes
anticipated may be beneficial for agricultural
productivity. Improvements in technology, the carbon
dioxide fertilization effect, and the use of adaptive
farm management strategies could help mitigate
negative effects of climate change.

Adaptive farm management strategies include changes in
crop selection or variety, use of crop varieties that
currently are planted in more southern regions,
changes in the timing of planting and harvesting, and
development of new varieties of crops that are more
adaptable to interannual variations of weather.

Current research findings from the Great Lakes
Regional Assessment will be shared at the workshop,
which also will provide a forum for farmers, fruit
growers, risk managers, wind developers, and
representatives from leading agricultural corporations
to discuss the role climate plays in their respective
industries. Panel discussions will follow for
participants to explore the potential impacts of
climate change on their lives and livelihoods, and
adaptive farm management strategies to address those
impacts. The Assessment Panel will provide an
opportunity for workshop participants to convey their
information needs to the researchers.

Find out more information and register at:
http://www.geo.msu.edu/glra. If you have any
questions, contact Jeanne Bisanz at 248-851-2316 or

Alex J. Sagady & Associates  http://my.voyager.net/~ajs/sagady.pdf

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