Rancher Decision-Making and Climate Risk Management with Tonya Haigh
November 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Great Plains ranchers have dealt with severe drought challenges over the past decade, and face increasing climate risks and uncertainty in future decades. The decisions that they make before, during, and after a drought event shape how the event affects the long-term health and resilience of natural, financial, and social resources of the ranch operation. This presentation will explore what we know about how ranchers make these critical decisions, and the role of having a drought contingency plan on their decision-making processes. Tonya will share results of social science research on ranchers’ coping and adaptation to climate risks such as drought. Tonya’s research informs efforts to develop planning resources and usable climate information that will help managers better prepare for future climate risks.
Dr. Tonya Haigh is a Rural Sociology Research Specialist with the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Tonya’s dissertation research focused on the adaptive capacity of rangeland managers to cope with drought. She has worked with ranchers, advisors, and researchers to develop the Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch website and has provided social science expertise to the development of agricultural decision support tools for Corn Belt producers and specialty crop growers.