From invasive species to the effects of climate change, ranchers in California, like many parts of the West, face a raft of environmental challenges as they strive to remain both profitable and good stewards of their land and water. "It's incredibly important that scientists and ranchers and policymakers work together, because the problems that we have to solve are going to require all of us," says Ken Tate, a rangeland specialist with the University of California, Davis.
In this new video, learn how Tate and UC Davis colleague Valerie Eviner are partnering with land managers throughout California’s Central Valley to collect local knowledge that can improve the ecological management of the state's rangelands. Their work, supported by SARE grants, is helping ranchers make better informed, site-specific decisions in response to the most pressing challenges they face - be it invasive species, pests, flooding or drought.
For more information on making your farm more resilient in the face of changing weather events, explore the bulletin Cultivating Climate Resilience on Farms and Ranches.
This bulletin outlines the new challenges that changing weather patterns pose in agriculture throughout the United States, and what you can do to make your farm more resilient.
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