Regional Climate Change Project Researchers Meet to Assess Third-year Progress

Thursday, March 6 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – March 4, 2014 – The third year’s the charm, or at least the turning point, for the $20 million regional climate change project focused on Northwest agriculture, its director said.

More than 90 project scientists, staff and stakeholders are gathered in Richland, Wash., this week to share information and assess the project’s progress during the third year of the five-year effort.

“We’re thinking about this gathering as the launch of phase 2,” said Sanford Eigenbrode, project director and a University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences entomologist.

“This is kind of the turning point. We spent the first phase getting everybody on board, getting all the experiments up and running and getting all the students, the post-docs hired and the extension specialist hired.”

“More or less the momentum is set for all of the aspects of the project, so phase 2 is about turning the crank,” Eigenbrode added. The project includes researchers from the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Oregon State University, Washington State University and the University of Idaho.

Wednesday’s agenda includes “speed science” sessions during which researchers get five to 10 minutes to update their progress on topics ranging from K-12 agriculture and climate change education, farmers’ willingness to change, oilseeds and legumes as rotational crops, cheatgrass management and other topics.

On Wednesday afternoon, farmers and agricultural industry representatives will participate in a panel discussion about stakeholder perspectives on climate change.

Sessions Thursday and Friday morning are primarily focused on allowing researchers time to refine collaborative efforts on major project focus areas.

More information about the project is available online at