On Nov. 3, Steve Slack (pictured, right), director of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, was one of the signers of a memorandum of understanding to better equip farmers, communities and individuals with information and technology so they can best adapt to climate change and weather variability.
Under the agreement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will work with state Extension programs (such as CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension) and agricultural experiment stations (such as OARDC) to widely disseminate science-based information through USDA’s seven Regional Climate Hubs.
The agreement involves USDA, the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), and the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy (ESCOP). It was signed during the 127th annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in Orlando, Florida.
“Partnerships result in much more value than any organization can achieve individually,” APLU President Peter McPherson said. “APLU and its public university members are proud to be part of this strong collaboration to address a critical national and global issue.”
Slack is immediate past chair of ESCOP. He’s pictured at the signing with ECOP Chair Jimmy Henning and Catherine Woteki, USDA chief scientist and under secretary for research, education and economics.
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