With scientific consensus regarding the occurrence of climate variability and climate change it is clear that farmers can benefit from science-based adaptation strategies for managing climate-related risk. To this end, cooperative extension professionals must engage in climate training events that are carefully planned and tailored to their specific needs. This study consisted of 50 interviews with extension professionals from four states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina) and collected information about the perceptions of climate variability and change as well as the preferred approaches for climate-related training in extension. Results include the need for accessible, climate-related training that prepares extension professionals to: understand both management- and technology-related adaptation strategies, engage in productive conversations with all stakeholders, and participate in the coproduction of knowledge related to climate issues.
Diehl, David, Nicole Sloan, Sebastian Galindo-Gonzalez, Wendy-Lin Bartels, Daniel Dourte, Carrie Furman, and Clyde Fraisse. 2015. "Toward Engagement in Climate Training: Findings from Interviews with Agricultural Extension Professionals." Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 30(1): Article 3. Available at: https://egrove.olemiss.edu/jrss/vol30/iss1/3