Clay Pope is a farmer and rancher from Loyal, Okla., and is working as a consultant to the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub. He also serves on as a board member of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Assn. He is former executive director of the Oklahoma Assn. of Conservation Districts.
As someone who has now clocked over thirty years of working with farmers and ranchers (and agriculture organizations) on multiple natural resource issues and policies, I can tell you from my experience that people’s opinions on climate change seem to break down roughly into one of four categories.
‘Well crap’ has kind of been my attitude these last few days. For those of you who don’t know, a large chunk of the part of Oklahoma where I live in has been under siege this week from a highly unusual late October ice storm.
Large swaths of the Southern Plains are facing increasingly dry conditions, coming in on the heels of an extended growing season that included late July/early August rains. Clay Pope says now’s the time to be thinking about a plan to protect your farm and ranch from wildfire.
Clay Pope shares some studies that show how soil health practices implemented in priority watersheds can result in improvements in water quality while also reducing greenhouse gas reductions. Pope also shares a new tool from American Farmland Trust that can help folks involved in conservation work more easily identify how much of a positive impact soil health practices are having in helping mitigate climate change.
Capturing sunlight and keeping living roots in the ground as long as possible is the goal of Beaver Dam, Ws., no-tiller Marty Weiss. The co-chair of the Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil & Healthy Water talks about strip-cropping and interseeding cover crops at a field day in the summer of 2020.
Explore the costs, benefits and drivers of soil health at the third annual Project GROW Winter Workshop, featuring Dr. Jill Clapperton, owner and principal scientist at Rhizoterra, Dan Leininger
of the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District and Al Dutcher, associate state climatologist with the University of Nebraska — Lincoln.
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