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State climatologist to speak at Illinois College


Illinois’ state climatologist will give a talk on agriculture and food security as part of a series of Illinois College agribusiness management program events recognizing National Agriculture Month in March.

State Climatologist Trent Ford will present "Climate Change: A Multidisciplinary Look at Agriculture and Food Security" March 25 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Del ’72 and Lisa Dunham Auditorium in Crispin Hall. The talk is open to the public.

Michael Woods, agribusiness coordinator and assistant professor of business, said, “As part of our National Agriculture Month celebration activities, Dr. Ford's message is timely and will showcase how climate directly impacts our food production and security.”

Ford is a hydroclimatologist and native of Roanoke, Illinois. He received a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and a doctorate degree from Texas A&M University. His research has been funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

According to the University of Illinois, where the position is based with the Illinois State Water Survey, the state climatologist provides weather and climate data, maps, and information for Illinois farmers, government agencies, policymakers and citizens, in addition to researching past, current and future climate events and conditions.

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Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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