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June 19 tour
High school teachers invited to learn about climate change
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. – High school agriculture and science teachers are invited to tour Washington State University’s Cook Agronomy Farm and attend climate change workshops with leading scientists at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 19.
The tour is part of the Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH) program in Eastern Washington. It features 40 scientists from Washington State University, University of Idaho, Oregon State University and USDA Agricultural Research Service, as well as high school teachers participating in the Innovation in Climate Education project through UI.
The Cook Agronomy Farm tour and workshops will follow a 1 p.m. tour of the St. John Plots. The workshop topics will include nitrogen and water use efficiency, soil carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas fluxes. On Wednesday, June 20, there also will be tours of the WSU Wilke Farm in Davenport, Ron Jirava Farm, Curtis Hennings Farm and Hennings Farm.
REACCH is an interdisciplinary project run through UI that focuses on enhancing the sustainability of agriculture in the Pacific Northwest during climate change. Over the next four years, REACCH scientists will tour and collect information from 50 sites at public research and private farms. The goal is for scientists to become more familiar with these research sites, to help stakeholders learn more about the project, to better predict the potential impacts of climate change on farming, and to develop solutions.
Members of the public are invited to join the tour, but must register before June 14. The tours are free and transportation is provided if needed.
Kathy Barnard, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, 509- 335-2806, email@example.com