USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub

PARTNERS: USDA Agricultural Research Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Forest Service – Southern Region Forest Health Protection, Forest Service – Southern Region National Forest System, Risk Management Agency, and Rural Development; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Southern Region; US Environmental Protection Agency – Region 4; US Fish & Wildlife Service – Southeast Region; USGS Southeast Climate Science Center; State Climate Office of North Carolina; Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals; Southern Regional Extension Forestry; Southern Group of State Foresters; Alabama A&M University; Auburn University; Clemson University; Louisiana State University; North Carolina State University; North Carolina A&T State University; Mississippi State University; Tuskegee University; University of Arkansas; University of Florida; University of Georgia; University of Kentucky; University of Tennessee; Virginia Tech

SUMMARY: The USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub (SERCH) delivers science-based strategies and tools to help producers and land managers cope with the effects of climate variability and change. SERCH uses cost-effective education, extension, technology support, research assessment, and forecasting to maintain and strengthen agricultural production, natural resource management, and rural economic development across southeastern working lands.

EFETAC's ROLE: SERCH is hosted by the Eastern Threat Center's Research Triangle Park office and led by Center research ecologist Steve McNulty. The Center supports SERCH research and technology transfer through in-kind scientists and staff. Sarah Wiener, John Cobb, and Michael Gavazzi contribute to literature review, project management, outreach, technology development, webinars, workshops, and team coordination.

STATUS: Ongoing

PROGRESS: Tools and resources developed and supported by SERCH include AgroClimate, Climate Hubs Tool Shed, NRCS Climate Concerns and Adaptation Practices (CCAP), SERCH LIGHTS cattle heat stress and monthly drought email alerts, Service Foresters’ Toolkit app, and TACCIMO.



USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub

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"SERCH Marks First Anniversary"

"New Southeast Climate Hub Website: Information for Producers and Partners"

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"Southeastern Climate Hub to Provide Practical, Science-Based Information to Farmers, Ranchers and Forest Landowners"

Steve McNulty, SERCH Director, or 919-549-4068

Updated June 2018

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