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Climate change generating anxiety and distress for Montana farmers, ranchers
Researchers have known for years that the current and projected impacts of climate change present challenges for agricultural productivity, with potentially serious consequences for farm and ranch livelihoods. But what hasn’t been clear is what this means for farmers’ and ranchers’ mental health. This article focuses on the findings of new study that explores just that.
Stockpiling, not production breakdowns, fueling home supply shortages across Montana
In an article on Montana Free Press, Selena Ahmed is interviewed about how disruptions in the the food supply are caused by Montanans stocking-up on household essentials in the face of the Covid-19 outbreak and fallout.
Three scientists (including WAFERx PI, Selena Ahmed) discuss the plant science and history of bitters—and share a Thanksgiving cocktail.
In a new article, WAFERx researchers Erin SMith and Selena Ahmed explore the contributions of wild foods to diet, food security, and cultural values among low-income residents of the Flathead Indian Reservation in northwestern Montana.
In this article, the Bismarch Tribune reports on a meeting held in Beulah, ND to discuss the future of coal communities. WAFERx grad student, Kelli Roemer, was one of the speakers at the meeting and talked about how other resource-rich communities have navigated similar transitions.
In this interview, WAFERx PI, Selena Ahmed, talks about the connection between biodiversity and bitters. And about the new book she co-authored with Ashley Duval and Rachel Meyers: Botany at the Bar--The Art and Science of Making Bitters.
Megan Jarchow, a WAFERx co-PI and an Associate Professor at the University of South Dakota, talks about how we use our landscapes and why native ecosystems matter in an economy dedicated to feeding the world.
Democtratic candidates advocate for an end to oil and gas drilling on public lands to reduce carbon emissions. WAFERx PI, Paul Stoy, discusses another way to reduce carbon in the atmosphere. He says native perennial grasses have the potential to store a lot of carbon.
Montana has a new program that pays farmers to use practices that store carbon dioxide in the soil. Paul Stoy, WAFERx PI, discusses the challenge and importance of putting carbon back into the ground.
WAFERx grad student, Teresa Warne, talks about her research studying lentil production and consumption. She says, "
Selena Ahmed, Principle Investigator of MSU's Food and Health Lab and WAFERx PI, was interview for this Nature article about how changing climates could effect the quantity and quality of tea.
WAFERx PI, Paul Stoy, was ranked as one of the world's most cited researchers for interdisciplinary research in ecology, agriculture, and earth sciences.
Selena Ahmed, WAFERx PI, on why the U.S. should invest in interdisciplinary food and farm research. And, on how Congress responded to this message.
Dr. Selena Ahmed talks to Char-Koosta News about her project's goal of supporting a healthy and sustainable food system on the Flathead Reservation.
Scientists report that the frequency and intensity of heavy downpours is increasing nationally. Dr. Paul Stoy discusses how land-use changes, including farming practices, are impacting climate.
WAFERx researchers at MSU, Paul Stoy, Tobias Gerken, and Gabriel Bromley, share their recent findings that increases in summer planting are leading to an increase in rainfall in the Great Plains.
Julia Rosen interviews members of the WAFERx team about the climage change mitigation strategy known as BECCS (Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage) and how it could dramatically reduce the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. However, it would also require a massive shift in our land-use, agriculture, and energy systems.
Selena Ahmed discusses how a warming climate could affect the quality and flavor of food--from maple syrup to tea.
By Evelyn Boswell, October 2016
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