We surveyed Extension educators in the southern Great Plains about their attitudes and beliefs regarding climate change, their interactions with constituents surrounding climate change, and challenges they face in engaging constituents on the topic of climate change. Production-oriented and sociocultural challenges in meeting constituents' information needs exist. Educators reported (a) lacking capacity for addressing climate change issues and (b) needing information, especially regarding drought and extreme or unseasonable weather events and related management practices. Educators also identified a need for more educational resources, including print materials and online decision aids. Implications are relevant to educators working beyond the study area and in any agricultural production system.
Becerra, T. A., Middendorf, G., Campbell, A., & Tomlinson, P. (2016). Climate Change Challenges for Extension Educators: Technical Capacity and Cultural Attitudes. The Journal of Extension, 54(6), Article 23. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol54/iss6/23