Farmers' perspectives on climate change and how climate change affects agriculture is the topic of this month's Iowa Learning Farms webinar. The webinar is on Wednesday, October 17. Anyone who has access to the Internet via a computer is welcome to tune in to the presentation, listen and learn. Iowa State University Extension sociologist J. Gordon Arbuckle Jr., who co-directs the annual Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll and is an assistant professor at ISU, will present results from the 2011 poll. The climate change issue was one of the topics the poll surveyed farmers about this past year.
The ILF October webinar on Wednesday will begin at 11:30 a.m. and feature Arbuckle as the main presenter. The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, held on the third Wednesday of each month, through Adobe Connect. All that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access.
What do farmers believe about climate change? Who do they trust for information?
Arbuckle will discuss "Iowa Farmers' Perspectives on Climate Change and Agriculture,' and explain the results the 2011 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll gathered from farmers surveyed on this topic. The presentation will examine farmer beliefs about climate change, perceptions of associated risks, trust in agencies and organizations as sources of information about climate change, and attitudes toward adaptation and mitigation activities—what farmers think should be done to lessen the effects of climate change.
Arbuckle's research and extension efforts focus on improving the environmental and social performance of agricultural systems. His primary area of interest is farmer environmental decision making, especially as it pertains to soil and water quality. Related areas of interest include non-operator landownership, climate change and natural resource-based rural development. He is co-director of the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll with the poll's founder, ISU sociology professor and long-time Extension sociologist Paul Lasley.
Viewers of the webinar will also have an opportunity to ask questions
To connect to the webinar, visit the Extension website. Besides being able to view the webinar on your home computer and listen to what is said, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions. Arbuckle will be able to answer questions from webinar "attendees" via the Adobe Connect chat box.