The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) announced that “Farming in a Changing Climate” will be their 25th Annual Farming for the Future Conference theme, with Richard Alley and Laura Lengnick as the keynote speakers. The conference will be held from February 3 to 6 at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA.
Registration is required to attend. Pre-registration will open in November 2015 and close on January 25, 2016.
The PASA Conference will bring the climate change focus into its pre-conference intensive sessions and main conference workshops. Attendees will have the opportunity to delve into the science of climate change, the potential role of agriculture in mitigation and adaptive strategies that will build farm resiliency. Programming will also include a wide variety of topics ranging from practical farming techniques to business and marketing know-how to agriculture policy and regulations.
On Friday morning, Keynote speaker Richard Alley will provide attendees with a wealth of information and research on the effects climate change is already having on our planet. Richard believes that wise actions to sustainably deal with energy can give us a stronger economy with more jobs, greater national security, and a cleaner environment more consistent with the Golden Rule.
Dr. Alley has traveled from Antarctica to Greenland to understand the history of our planet’s climate, giving him extensive knowledge of ice sheets and how to use them in predicting future changes in climate and sea levels. His experiences include participation in the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize), as well as advising high-level government officials on climate change. He has been recognized with numerous awards, such as election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the The Royal Society. He also published a book entitled Earth: The Operators’ Manual and hosted the PBS mini-series with the same title. We look forward to hearing about those experiences, taking a look at the science behind our climate challenges, and exploring how we can adjust our farming practices to strengthen our economy and stabilize the environment.
Saturday morning Keynote speaker Laura Lengnick has explored agricultural sustainability for over 30 years and has extensively researched the effects of climate change on agriculture. Laura also brings a wide range of experiences to the table, having been a researcher, college educator, community activist and farmer.
Dr. Lengnick was a lead author on the 2012 USDA report Climate Change and U.S. Agriculture: Effects and Adaptation and recently authored a new book, Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate. In writing her book, she met with farmers from across the country to learn what they are seeing on the ground today in terms of climate. She will bring an important and unique perspective on what it takes to move sustainable values into action on the farm, in our communities and as a nation.