2024 Adapt Your Farm to Climate Change Series

Each year, CISA’s Climate Program organizes the Adapt Your Farm to Climate Change workshop and webinar series with a focus on practical measures and resources that can help farms respond to extreme weather events that are becoming the norm these days.  

The 2024 series focuses on the impacts of increasing temperatures throughout the year on specific parts of our food system, including soils, weeds and pests, farmworker health and safety, heat tolerant crops, urban farms, and others.

Through webinars and on-farm workshops, participants in this year’s events will learn about adaptation practices and how to implement them, hear from technical assistance providers, and converse with farmers on their experiences making changes on their farms.

Contact CISA’s Climate Coordinator, Stephen Taranto, with any questions about the 2024 workshop series or the Climate Program.

This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2023-70027-40447.

See upcoming events below, or visit CISA’s events page here.

Impacts of Increasing Annual Temperatures for New England Farms

May 13 @ 4 – 5:30 pm

Join CISA and Sara Kelemen from the USDA Northeast Climate Hub on Monday, May 13th, 4-5:30pm for the annual Adapt Your Farm to Climate Change webinar and workshop series kick-off event. Sara will share climate and temperature data from New England and discuss some examples of how temperature change will impact agricultural operations. Click here for more information!

Selecting Heat Tolerant Crops and Seed Varieties (TBD)

This workshop will provide farmers and technical service providers with guidance on the selection of heat tolerant crop varieties and crop planting schedules adapted to increased temperatures. Presenter Sue Scheufele will speak from her experience as a vegetable production expert and from working with UMass Extension’s field trials and multi-year crop variety testing, which include testing production techniques for heat mitigation.

Climate Resilience Farm Walk: Managing Pests, Weeds, and Soil Health (TBD)

This on-farm event will build upon the content presented in earlier webinars, including soil health, and pest and weed management. The workshop will include a brief presentation, a farm tour, and a farmer-led discussion. The presentation will highlight Integrated Pest Management, among other tools for combatting pest pressures, and soil management techniques.

Protecting your Farm Team from Heat-Related Illness (TBD)

This workshop will target farm owners/operators and technical assistance audiences to provide guidance on protecting themselves and their employees from extreme heat. The workshop will provide an overview of the health risks posed by heat and discuss compliance with relevant employment laws.

Managing Heat at Farmers’ Markets (TBD)

This webinar will target farmers’ market managers and vendors and will provide guidance and examples of practices that will help reduce the impacts of extreme heat on human resources, customers, and produce. The webinar will provide an overview of how heat can affect infrastructure, presentation and quality of market produce, and how to make sure vendors and customers are comfortable and safe.

Heat Impacts and Risks to Urban Farms (TBD)

This webinar will target urban and suburban farm managers, farmers, and technical service providers from the urbanized areas of Springfield, Holyoke, and Chicopee MA. The presentation will provide an overview of how the increasing temperature and extreme heat events uniquely impact urban farms.

What Does a Hotter Climate Mean for Water Quality and Safety? (TBD)

This webinar will cover the impact of heat on water quality and provide guidance on managing the associated risks of foodborne pathogen contamination. Warmer air temperatures often mean warmer water temperature and conditions favored by bacteria and pathogens. This can in turn complicate production and post-harvest processing, from risk to farmworkers to contamination of produce. Participants will learn of the risks, causes, mitigation, and adaptation practices they can implement to improve water quality and safety.

Food Safety & Storage in a Warmer New England (TBD)

This workshop will explain risks to food safety and storage presented by increasing temperatures and extreme heat events as well as food safety practices and protocols that apply during heat events. The event will feature a tour of a local farm’s post-harvest and storage spaces and include discussion of practices used by a local farm and include farmer insights.

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