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Train the Trainer

Train the trainer

Climate Resilience Training for Agriculture Professionals

Heat and Drought Resilience Training for Oregon Agriculture Professionals coming November 2023

Registration is now open!

We welcome the third year of:

Train the Trainer - Workshop Wednesdays

Join us for 3 virtual live sessions from 9:30-11:30am
November 1st, 8th, & 15th


These workshops are designed for agricultural technical assistance providers in Oregon. They are relevant for farm advisors and researchers throughout Oregon, including (but not limited to): staff and faculty from Oregon State University Extension, soil and water conservation districts, Oregon Natural Resources Conservation Service, Oregon Department of Agriculture, watershed councils, land trusts, researchers, nonprofits and agricultural education providers.


  • Tailored content for agricultural technical assistance providers in Oregon

  • Updates from leading scientists on the impacts of drought & heat on agriculture in Oregon

  • Recommended practices for adaptation and resilience

  • Tools for communicating about climate resilience with producers

  • Facilitated regional break out conversations

  • Resources and funding opportunities

This free series is brought to you by Oregon Climate and Agriculture Network and the 2023 Planning Team. We are designing the webinar content based on your feedback and lessons learned from last year’s train the trainer series.

Each session will include featured topical speakers followed by breakout rooms by region and specific climate resilience strategies. Participation in all 3 events is strongly encouraged, but not required.You are welcome in any or all sessions! Recordings of the main presentations will be available if you miss a session. Breakout room discussions will not be recorded. Learn more about the session topics below.



Virtual live sessions will be from 9:30-11:30am
Wednesdays: November 1st, 8th, and 15th


  • Improve participants' understanding of heat and drought resilience approaches for farming and ranching in Oregon. These approaches reduce risks in extreme weather events and improve a farmer’s bottom-line. 

  • Create a community of practice in Oregon dedicated to supporting, improving, and better understanding farming for climate mitigation and adaptation.


2023 Workshop Topics

SESSION 1 : Wednesday, November 1st

Farmer Perceptions of, and Barriers to, Climate Adaptation in Oregon 

Speakers: Margiana Peterson-Rockney, PhD and Melissa M Parks, PhD

What does research tell us about the climate adaptation and stated beliefs of farmers in Oregon? How do producers navigate perceptions of social risk? And, how can agricultural service providers support farmers to adapt and mitigate risk with appropriate soil conservation practices? 


SESSION 2: Wednesday, November 8th

Drought and Heat Mitigation Practices, Obstacles & Needs 

Speaker: Berit Dinsdale, PhD

Farmers and ranchers across Oregon are increasingly facing challenges related to extreme drought and heat. While emergency funds have been made available to producers impacted by these pressures in recent years, their recurrence indicates the need for both pre-emptive and longer term solutions. Learn about OSU’s research and participant interview driven assessment of current drought mitigation practices, obstacles and resource needs.

SESSION 3: Wednesday, November 15th

Climate Resilience and Adaptive Management on Rangelands

Speaker: Hailey Wilmer, PhD

What processes and strategies support adaptive decision making in ranching and grazing systems operating under highly variable weather conditions? At what scales do adaptive decisions take place? What are the ecological outcomes of rancher decision-making strategies? As a social scientist, Hailey Wilmer will share her research on adaptive management through diversification and community resilience on rangelands on both a social and farm scale. 

2023 Planning Team

Shayan Ghajar - OSU Extension, Hannah Gosnell - OSU, Gordon Jones - OSU Extension S. Oregon,
Jessi Kershner - OWEB, Lisa Kilders - Clackamas SWCD, Diane Choplin, OSU Extension S. Oregon,
Cory Owens - OR NRCS, Maud Powell - OSU Extension S. Oregon

Supported by

Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Oregon Professional Development Program (WSARE PDP)

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