Most Active Stories
- For OU's Young Choreographers, Art Can Come From Daydreams
- Oklahoma City Zoo's New Baby Elephant Finally Has A Name, And It Is...
- Teacher Evaluation System Could Be Delayed Again
- Cherokee Makes A Living Map Showing Pre-Contact Native America
- 'Kings When It's Good': Oklahoma Braces For Possible Crude Crash
Wed February 5, 2014
Oklahoma Gets One Of Seven Regional Climate Change Hubs
Some federal research centers around the country will be focusing on helping farmers and foresters deal with climate change, including one in El Reno, Okla.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is to announce Wednesday designation of seven regional climate hubs.
The hubs will be at U.S. Department of Agriculture facilities, such as the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis., Ore. Others will be in Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.
They will assess local climate risks, such as drought and wildfire, then develop plans for dealing with them, such as improved irrigation techniques.
The Grazinglands Research Laboratory in El Reno, Okla. is focusing on the effects of drought and pests in the region.
Bill Hohenstein, director of the Agriculture Department's climate change program, says the hubs will work with county extension agents and others to get the mitigation plans out to farmers, ranchers and foresters.
KGOU is a community-supported news organization and relies on contributions from readers and listeners to fulfill its mission of public service to Oklahoma and beyond. Donate online, or by contacting our Membership department.
Weather and Climate