Agricultural advisors as climate information intermediaries: Exploring differences in capacity to communicate climate

Tonya Haigh, Lois Wright Morton, Maria Carmen Lemos, Cody Knutson, Linda Stalker Prokopy, Yun Jia Lo, Jim Angel

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Abstract

Although agricultural production faces chronic stress associated with extreme precipitation events, high temperatures, drought, and shifts in climate conditions, adoption of climate information into agricultural decision making has been relatively limited. Agricultural advisors have been shown to play important roles as information intermediaries between scientists and farmers, brokering, translating, and adding value to agronomic and economic information of use in agricultural management decision making. Yet little is known about the readiness of different types of agricultural advisors to use weather and climate information to help their clients manage risk under increasing climate uncertainty. More than 1700 agricultural advisors in four midwestern states (Nebraska, Indiana, Iowa, and Michigan) completed a web-based survey during the spring of 2012 about their use of weather and climate information, public or private sector employment, and roles as information intermediaries in three advising specializations: agronomic, conservation, and financial. Key findings reveal that advisors who specialize in providing agronomic information are positively inclined toward acting as weather and climate information intermediaries, based on influence and willingness to use climate information in providing many types of operational and tactical advice. Advisors who provide conservation advice appear to be considering weather and climate information when providing tactical and strategic land-use advice, but advisors who provide financial advice seem less inclined to act as climate information intermediaries. These findings highlight opportunities to increase the capacity of different types of advisors to enable them to be effective weather and climate information intermediaries.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages83-93
Number of pages11
JournalWeather, Climate, and Society
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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Agricultural advisors as climate information intermediaries : Exploring differences in capacity to communicate climate. / Haigh, Tonya; Morton, Lois Wright; Lemos, Maria Carmen; Knutson, Cody; Prokopy, Linda Stalker; Lo, Yun Jia; Angel, Jim.

In: Weather, Climate, and Society, Vol. 7, No. 1, 01.01.2015, p. 83-93.

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Haigh T, Morton LW, Lemos MC, Knutson C, Prokopy LS, Lo YJ et al. Agricultural advisors as climate information intermediaries: Exploring differences in capacity to communicate climate. Weather, Climate, and Society. 2015 Jan 1;7(1):83-93. Available from, DOI: 10.1175/WCAS-D-14-00015.1
Haigh, Tonya ; Morton, Lois Wright ; Lemos, Maria Carmen ; Knutson, Cody ; Prokopy, Linda Stalker ; Lo, Yun Jia ; Angel, Jim. / Agricultural advisors as climate information intermediaries : Exploring differences in capacity to communicate climate. In: Weather, Climate, and Society. 2015 ; Vol. 7, No. 1. pp. 83-93
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