i-Three Issues Corps 2016 – Animal Agriculture in a Changing Climate

Crystal Powers

Extension Engineer

University of Nebraska, Biological Systems Engineering

Pam Knox

Public Service Associate

University of Georgia, Crop and Soils Sciences, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

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Elizabeth Whitefield
Extension coordinator
Washington State University, Washington State University

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Gary L. Hawkins
Water Resource Management Specialist
University of Georgia, Crop and Soil Science

What is the change you are designing to achieve?

Crystal: Integrating climate science into decision making.

Pam: I want to make my subject matter more available via multiple social media outlets.

Elizabeth: The change will be producers planning for water shortage in the future by adapting to climate change through conservation practices.

We’ll know we’ve been successful when:

Crystal: Process evaluation survey. Also questions focusing on trust, capacity, and motivation.  Focus group summaries.

Pam: I will measure the number of likes on Facebook and the statistics on tweeting to see how they change over time.

Elizabeth: The change will be measured by involvement and adoption of conservation practices as well as evaluation by online surveys.

What is the innovative component or strategy you will implement as a result of the design-a-thon?

Crystal: Design for conversation. Community engagement to build trust. Finding ways to incorporate latino population.

Pam: I will add a Twitter account and work Facebook account and am planning to design an iBook that will be accessible via Mobile phone.

Elizabeth: The design-a-thon opened up many innovative aspects in this i-three issue corps- 1. I’m planning a online focus group prior to the water impacts conference 2.My approach to invite people to ‘join the conservation’ has changed to use more of a human approach to form a relationship between 2 (or more) people.

How did the design-a-thon help you?

Crystal: I realized there are key cultural groups I had not considered including in my work. I found a new strategy for building trust and engagement in our stakeholders. I realized that I need to focus on ‘designing the conversation’ to make sure the right people are at our meetings at the right time.

Pam: It encouraged me to add the social media accounts, gave me some ideas for how to fund future projects, and gave me some places to look for info on iBooks.

Elizabeth: The design-a-thon was a great opportunity for me. The context mapping has completely changed the way I think of issues and planning events and programming! I also loved chatting with Rachel Welborn and Renee from UMN- completely eye opening concepts to the way I will approach programming and interaction with stakeholders from now on.

 Gary: I feel the concept mapping helped get a bigger picture and the connections between idea, delivery and evaluation.


We propose facilitating scenario-based planning as a decision making framework to bring a holistic view of potential climate change impacts, allow farmers and ranchers to be proactive in meeting these challenges, and increase the resiliency of our food system. Our team has already developed a suite of climate literacy, science communication, adaptation, and mitigation resources for animal agriculture. Using our established network and resources, we will bring together diverse stakeholders to determine potential future scenarios and best management practices for specific case studies, and then generalize the method so that it can be used by educators across the U.S.

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