Climate variability, the seasonal and year-to-year changes in rainfall and temperatures, is a substantial source of risk and uncertainty in agriculture.

Long-term changes in climate could present even greater risks to the stability of southeast U.S. agricultural systems.

The 3rd Annual “Advanced Farming Technologies for Reducing Climate Risks” will bring together farmers, Extensional professionals, and specialists from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina to highlight management options that can reduce climate-related risks and improve resource-use efficiency in agriculture.

This annual outreach and education event has been held in Quincy, Fla., in 2012, Tifton, Ga., in 2013, and will be in Blackville, S.C. in 2014.

Producers from all types of systems are encouraged to attend.

What technologies and management alternatives can really reduce agriculture’s risks from the ups and downs of climate?

How can producers increase the efficiency of using costly farm inputs?

How can forecasts of seasonal climate — the best estimate of what to expect in the coming months — be used to better manage farm operations and reduce risk?

These are some of the questions being explored in the Feb. 11 workshop. Several farmers, the real experts in managing risks in agriculture, will be featured in discussions and Q&A’s about their successes and challenges with implementing management changes for more productive, stable farming systems.

The event will take place at Clemson’s Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville, S.C., beginning at 9 a.m. on Feb. 11, 2014.

The seasonal climate outlook will also be presented, and there will be discussions of barriers and solutions to changing management.

Participants from Extension are encouraged to invite producers who might be interested in the event. For more information and to register, visit http://www.agroclimate.org/seclimate/events/. Registration is free, includes a catered lunch, and is on a first come, first served basis. It is recommended that participants register by Friday, Jan. 31.

This event was developed to engage producers, Extension, and researchers in learning about how established and emerging technologies and management alternatives can reduce climate-related risks (adaptation) and increase resource-use efficiency (mitigation).

Producers, each representing one of the management strategies featured at the event, discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the featured technologies.

To find out more about the event and to view event evaluations, visit http://www.agroclimate.org/seclimate/outreach/.