OROFINO — University of Idaho Extension is offering: Current Topics in Farm & Forest Health: Climate Change

A variety of factors can affect forest, range, and crop-land health. Current Topics is an annual program that provides landowners and managers with some of the latest information on issues that impact the achievement of land management goals.

This year’s program will focus on climate change. Topics will include the implications of climate change for pests and diseases of agricultural crops, cattle and livestock grazing systems, the spread and control of invasive plants (weeds), and forest insects—all with a focus on our area. The program will begin with an introduction to the topic of climate change, and some of the expected effects of climate change.

Thursday, Dec. 13, from 9:00 am to 3:45 pm, at the Ponderosa Restaurant, Orofino, Idaho. Sign-In begins at 8:30 am.

8:30 am Sign-in

9:00 am Welcome, Introduction, Bill Warren, UI Extension, Clearwater County

9:10 am The Ecological & Social Context for Considering Climate Change Impacts to Our Area, Bill Warren, UI Extension

10:00 am Implications of Climate Change for Pests & Diseases of Dryland Crops in the Inland Northwest, Doug Finkelnburg, UI Extension

11:00 am Break

11:20 am Climate Change and Tree Mortality From Bark Beetles & Other Forest Insects in Native Conifer Forests of the Inland Northwest, Erika Eidson, Idaho Department of Lands

12:20 pm Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm Climate Change Impacts on Livestock and Grazing Systems in the Inland Northwest, Shannon Neibergs, WSU Extension

2:30 pm Climate Change and the Spread and Control of Invasive Plants, Tim Prather, UI Extension

3:30 pm Wrap-Up/Evaluations/Pesticide Credit Distribution

3:45 pm Close

Registration is highly encouraged to help plan for handouts and refreshments. Cost is $15 per person. Make checks payable to “UI Extension Workshop Fund”. Send registration form and payment to: 2200 Michigan Ave., Orofino, ID 83544. Call the UI Extension office at 208-476-4434 or email clearwater@uidaho.edu to request detailed program information.

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