March 25-26, Lincoln, Nebraska: NDMC staff will teach a waterbanking activity at the Earth Wellness Festival at Southeast Community College. The annual event is an environmental education program for Lancaster County 5th graders.
March 27, Lincoln, Nebraska: The third in the Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch series of webinars facilitated by staff members. The topic is "The New Cumulative Forage Reduction (CFR) Index: Assessing Drought Impacts and Planning a Grazing Strategy." Dr. Patrick Reece, UNL Professor Emeritus, is the speaker. More information can be found at http://drought.unl.edu/ranchplan.
March 27, Omaha, Nebraska: Director Mike Hayes will make a presentation at the Nebraska Infrastructure Conference.
April 1, Lincoln, Nebraska: Tonya Bernadt, NDMC staff member and project coordinator for Climate Masters of Nebraska, will discuss the program and some of the ways in which Climate Masters volunteers have achieved their goals. Climate Masters of Nebraska is an educational program that trains community volunteers about climate change science and corresponding ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with the plan that the volunteers train others within the community.
April 6, Lincoln, Nebraska: NDMC staff members will provide a "Megadrought" activity at the Family Weatherfest in Hardin Hall, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. Weatherfest is a part of the annual Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium and Family Weatherfest sponsored by UNL's School of Natural Resources.
April 16-18, West Palm Beach, Florida: U.S. Drought Monitor authors Mark Svoboda and Brian Fuchs will attend the U.S. Drought Monitor Forum. Also attending is Kelly Smith, Communications and Drought Resources Specialist. The meeting draws scientists, decision makers, resource managers, producers, media and general public users of the Drought Monitor.
April 17, Chicago, Illinois: Cody Knutson will attend the American Planning Association's 2013 Conference.
April 18, Rapid City, South Dakota: Cody Knutson will participate in the Western South Dakota Hydrology Conference.
April 24, Lincoln, Nebraska: The fourth webinar in the Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch Professional Development Series features Stan Boltz, State Range Management Specialist (NRCS-SD), and Jeff Printz, Range Management Specialist (NRCS-ND). More information can be found at http://drought.unl.edu/ranchplan.
May 5 - 8, Lincoln, Nebraska: Mark Svoboda will serve as a panelist at the 2013 Water for Food Conference, "Too Hot, Too Wet, Too Dry: Building Resilient Agroecosystems," at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel. More details at: http://go.unl.edu/eo5