MIDWEST SPECIALTY CROP PRODUCERS

Use of Climate & Drought Information Assessment and
Improving Decision-Making in a Changing Climate


About Our Partners

The success of ‘Improving Decision-making in a Changing Climate’ can only be achieved through close coordination with our partners. These partnerships work across boundaries and are crucial to establishing efficient communication between crop producers, extension staff, and the tool development community.

Midwestern Regional Climate Center

The Midwestern Regional Climate Center is a cooperative program between the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign, Illinois. The center is a partner in a national climate service program that includes NCEI, five other Regional Climate Centers, and State Climate Offices. The NCEI is part of the Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The MRCC serves the nine-state Midwest region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin). Our services and research help to better explain climate and its impacts on the Midwest, provide practical solutions to specific climate problems, and allow us to develop climate information for the Midwest on climate-sensitive issues such as agriculture, climate change, energy, the environment, human health, risk management, transportation, and water resources.

USDA Midwest Climate Hub

The USDA Midwest Climate Hub is one of 10 USDA Climate Hubs in the country developed to deliver science-based, practical information and program support to farmers and resource managers to support climate-informed decision-making. The Midwest Climate Hub covers the states from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Minnesota. This area represents one of the most intensive agricultural areas in the United States with a diversity of crop and animal production systems. Our goal is to provide information to help producers cope with climate change through linkage of research to education and extension partnerships.

National Drought Mitigation Center

The National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), established at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995, helps people and institutions develop and implement measures to reduce societal vulnerability to drought, stressing preparedness and risk management rather than crisis management. The NDMC collaborates with many federal, state, and international agencies to lead operational drought products such as the Drought Monitor, Drought Impact Reporter, VegDRI, and QuickDRI.

NOAA and National Integrated Drought Information System

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) program was authorized by Congress in 2006 with an interagency mandate to coordinate and integrate drought research, building upon existing federal, tribal, state, and local partnerships in support of creating a national drought early warning information system.  A Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) utilizes new and existing partner networks to optimize the expertise of a wide range of federal, tribal, state, local and academic partners in order to make climate and drought science readily available, easily understandable and usable for decision makers; and to improve the capacity of stakeholders to better monitor, forecast, plan for and cope with the impacts of drought. NIDIS’ goal is to improve the nation’s capacity to manage drought-related risks by providing the best available information and tools to assess the potential impacts of drought, and to prepare for and mitigate the effects of drought. Toward that end, NIDIS seeks to create a DEWS for the nation. 

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