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Train the Trainer

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Climate Resilience Training for Agriculture Professionals

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

Train the Trainer - Workshop Wednesdays

The 2023 training series has concluded. 

Three virtual live sessions were held in November 2023. If you attended this year, please complete this brief anonymous survey to help us improve. Your feedback is appreciated! Keep an eye out for future trainings available through OrCAN in 2024! 



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

  • Current research on agricultural resilience to heat and drought 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 were held on Wednesdays: November 1st, 8th, and 15th in 2023.


  • 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.

Questions? Contact event organizer Carly Boyer, Program Manager at Oregon Climate and Agriculture Network.


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 practices and beliefs of farmers in Oregon? How do producers perceive and/or navigate social consequences associated with climate change? And, how can agricultural service providers frame policy and support farmers to mitigate the effects of climate change with appropriate soil conservation practices?


SESSION 2: Wednesday, November 8th

Drought and Heat Mitigation Practices, Obstacles & Needs 

Speakers: Berit Dinsdale, PhD and Jesse Nichols of CAMPO Collective

Farmers and ranchers across Oregon are increasingly challenged by 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 current drought mitigation practices, obstacles and resource needs. 

We will also learn from CAMPO Collective about their climate resilient farming practices and their choice to make the social, cultural shift to operate as a worker owned collective. 

SESSION 3: Wednesday, November 15th

Climate Resilience and Adaptive Management on Rangelands and in Rural Oregon

Speakers: Hailey Wilmer, PhD and Ellen Hammond of Jefferson County SWCD

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. 

We will also learn about the Jefferson County SWCD Agricultural Drought Resiliency working group and their experience of bringing diverse Deschutes Basin partners together to create a collaborative Drought Plan for their county.

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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