ACORN Conference Program

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Agriculture in a Changing Climate: What to Expect and How to Prepare

Wednesday, November 28, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

Atlantic Canada’s climate is changing, getting appreciably warmer throughout the year. This is leading to longer growing seasons and more available heat, impacting crop choices. Using climate change indicators and global climate models, Adam and Stephanie will present climate projections for the next 100 years. In addition, they’ll lead discussions around an overview of the UPEI Climate Lab’s recent assessment of vulnerabilities of the agricultural sector. Impacts include changes in yield, access to markets, water stress, nutritional composition of crops, and outbreaks of pests and diseases. Appropriate short-term and medium-term adaptation approaches to address some of the risks will be discussed.

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Climate Change - What Does It Mean For Maritime Farms

Wednesday, November 28, 11:15 AM - 12:15 AM   

What would happen if agriculture held the keys to turning back the clock on our changing climate? Are farmers well positioned and prepared to reduce GHG emissions and sequester carbon? Prince Edward Island has been encouraging Island farmers/landowners to provide ecosystem services for the “public good” through a program called Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS). Farmers/landowners are incentivized for stewardship practices, many of which relate to reducing the impacts of climate change.  Participants will learn about the challenging balance of regulations vs. incentive and how, going forward, the ALUS program could be a useful tool for farmers wanting to adapt to climate change friendly practices that reduce GHG emissions and sequester carbon.

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Adapting to Climate Change on Diversified Farms Part 1

Wednesday, November 28, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM   

Farmers are on the front lines of dealing with the impacts of changing climatic trends and extreme weather. This session will explore results from a regional survey conducted last year which highlights how vegetable and berry growers across the Northeastern US and Eastern Canada are adapting to the impacts of increasingly extreme weather. Join us to look at how site characteristics influence the strategies that farmers are using to manage for drought and heavy precipitation. The workshop will close with discussions about the most innovative and promising ideas from growers across the region. Stick around for Part 2, a farmer-to-farmer session to dive deeper, share your own experiences, and learn from your peers.

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Adapting to Climate Change on Diversified Farms, Part 2

Wednesday, November 28, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

Building on the previous session, Alissa will lead a discussion on strategies for farms to adapt to the impacts of climate change and increasingly extreme weather. Come ready to discuss your experiences and share your ideas.

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