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Recent posts by Wyatt Fraas

Hot and Dry, Cold and Wet

In 2012, critically hot, dry weather hit the Midwest and Great Plains, while the East Coast endured floods, Hurricane Sandy and record New England snowfall. Climatologists described these specific weather events, for the first time, as part of a changing climate attributed to global warming.

Hot & Dry, Cold & Wet, or Both?

Critically hot and dry weather hit much of the country in 2012, including the Corn Belt. The East Coast endured floods from “superstorm” Sandy and received record snowfall in New England.

2012 marked the first year climate scientists described such events as part of a changing climate attributed to global warming. A warmer atmosphere both increases evaporation and holds more water. For parts of the world already susceptible to drought and heat, or to heavy storms, a warmer atmosphere can make those conditions occur more frequently and more severely.

Renewable Energy Resources-Questions and Answers

We polled Nebraska Extension Educators to learn what questions they received related to renewable energy.

With the record-setting heat and drought in 2012, its no surprise that alternatively powered irrigation pumps were a popular topic. But Nebraskans were curious about a wide range of other energy issues as well, with conservation andsolar and wind energy systems topping the list. Check out the complete survey results.

Small Farm Energy Primer

The Center's groundbreaking work in practical on-farm research began in 1976 with the Small Farm Energy Project. The goal: "Energy self-sufficient farms as the future of agriculture."

This 3-year research and demonstration effort involved 24 Nebraska farm families. The project showed how small commercial farmers could reduce purchased energy inputs and improve net farm income by using alternative energy technologies.

Soil Carbon and Agriculture: Payment and Storage Policies

Climate scientists tell us that extreme weather events such as this year’s Midwestern heat and drought are examples of climate changes that will be more common in the years ahead. These changes will affect our agriculture: how much we can grow, where we can grow it, and how profitable our farmers will be. At the same time, agriculture has a role to play in reducing these impacts.