On RFD-TV: Candace Hulbert
Nebraska is likely as well-known for its ever-changing weather as it is for its agriculture, and Nebraska Extension is rolling out a new program to help ag producers prepare for weather and climate phenomena. Candace Hulbert, a Americorps VISTA with Nebraska Extension talked about the program live on RFD-TV, May 17, 2022. Learn more: https://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/weather-ready-farms-program-rolling-out-to-nebraska/
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[00:00:00.000]Well, the spring in the summer months spring no
[00:00:02.100]shortage of unpredictable weather conditions.
[00:00:04.950]The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is now
[00:00:07.380]piloting a new program to help the state's producers
[00:00:10.800]better prepare for extreme weather.
[00:00:13.380]Well, AmeriCorps VISTA member Candice Hulbert joins us
[00:00:16.320]now for a further look at the Weather Ready Farms
[00:00:20.520]And Candace, thank you very much for taking the time to
[00:00:22.500]chat with us today and bring us up to speed.
[00:00:24.510]Tell us a little bit about the goal of this program and
[00:00:26.790]how it is how it came about.
[00:00:30.630]So Weather Ready Farms is a program for farmers and
[00:00:35.730]ranchers to prepare for extreme weather events,
[00:00:39.150]implementing climate smart agriculture and disaster
[00:00:42.810]preparedness strategies on their farms.
[00:00:46.110]We came about about five years ago.
[00:00:49.920]And we began our pilot last November with eight farmers
[00:00:53.820]from southeast Nebraska.
[00:00:55.530]The goal of the program is to earn designation.
[00:00:58.590]So at the end of the program, producers will earn a
[00:01:03.840]designation farm sign, and we honor them with an awards
[00:01:08.790]banquet as well.
[00:01:10.290]So what are some of the benefits in enrolling in this
[00:01:15.700]Some of the benefits would include, we connect farmers
[00:01:19.120]directly with education and resources, and with each
[00:01:22.420]other as well to form a network of producers committed
[00:01:26.920]to climate smart and weather ready agriculture, to
[00:01:30.850]support each other through disasters on their farms.
[00:01:33.610]So how could they get involved if they wanted to
[00:01:35.530]participate in the weather ready farms?
[00:01:38.410]So we're actually recruiting right now, we're looking
[00:01:41.440]for 15 producers throughout Nebraska, no commodity
[00:01:45.460]specific, to participate in the 2023-2025 Weather Ready
[00:01:54.190]So if you're interested, you can visit our website and
[00:01:58.330]or contact me directly via email.
[00:02:00.910]And what would be maybe some of the practices or goals
[00:02:03.790]that they might incorporate if they participate.
[00:02:07.030]They can incorporate risk management strategies, a lot
[00:02:10.810]of soil health practices.
[00:02:13.150]And then there's also different strategies just related
[00:02:17.110]to disaster preparedness.
[00:02:20.440]Well, it sounds like an excellent program for folks to
[00:02:23.380]If they wanted more information, where can they find
[00:02:27.620]You can find us via via our website at Weather Ready
[00:02:32.360]All right, that sounds great again, Candace Hulbert,
[00:02:34.730]thank you very much for joining us.
[00:02:35.960]She's with the University of Nebraska Lincoln
[00:02:37.940]Extension, connecting us connecting with us today out
[00:02:41.390]of the Husker state.
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