Webinar Library

Webinars from the Water for Agriculture project

The Theory and Practice of Engaged Knowledge Co-production

This webinar discusses the theory and practice of knowledge co-production as a means of engaging stakeholders in the production of actionable information as well as the future directions and challenges in co-production including how to scale-up co-production using in-person versus remote engagement.

Presenter: Dr. Christine Kirchhoff
Dr. Kirchhoff is an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut and is an affiliated faculty member with the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation and with the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. In 2020, she received the honorary title of Castleman Professor in Engineering Innovation and was awarded an NSF CAREER grant.


Recording URL

Presentation slides can be accessed here

Engaging Farmers and Communities in Response to Californias Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

In 2014, California passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), sweeping new groundwater management legislation designed to put an end to groundwater over-pumping and ensure there’s enough water for people, the economy and wildlife in California for generations to come.

This webinar provided an overview of SGMA and discussed some of the work being done to better engage and educate farmers and community members around water and land-use decisions being made within their communities. During the presentation, they also shared insights and lessons learned from their experiences to date on how groups can better work together to advance effective and meaningful stakeholder engagement.


Dr. Christina Babbitt manages the California Groundwater Program at Environmental Defense Fund, where she is working to advance water trading policy in California and scale replicable groundwater sustainability projects across California’s Central Valley.

Vicky Espinoza is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Environmental Systems Graduate Group at the University of California, Merced, where her research addresses sustainable water management for global food, energy, and water security.

Babbit and Espinoza Webinar Brief Final (1)

Recording URL https://psu.zoom.us/rec/share/4MAtbIjw3UhJZaPd0UzdWZANHI_FX6a81nQdr_UKzUva9TQDy37pedAEZyaRRpJz?startTime=1586882810000

The Sugar Creek Method of Research and Farmer Team Building to Achieve Improved Water Quality

The webinar will describe the Sugar Creek Method used by a team of social and natural scientists at The Ohio State University who teamed up with three teams of local farmers (one non-Amish German descent, one Amish, and one combined) and the local SWCDs, Ohio EPA, and a cheese factory to improve water quality.

The presentation is divided into six sections: 1). Theoretical threads woven to create the method; 2). How the research and farm teams were formed; 3). Farmer values influencing our approach; 4). Grants and BMPs; 5). The Alpine Nutrient Trading Program; 6). Climate change and new approaches involving carbon.


Dr. Richard Moore is Professor Emeritus of the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University.  He is currently a senior fellow with the National Council for Science and the Environment in DC

Moore Webinar Brief Final (1)

URL Recording https://psu.zoom.us/rec/share/5sdTAeysyntLbtKT-E_mXKQ5MMfnT6a8hyRP-ftbnk_AZDX54XVKr__73TNqkTlZ

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Collaborative Modeling Methodologies to Address Climate Change in Mountain Regions: A Case Study from The Sierra Nevada in the Western United States

This webinar described a suite of collaborative modeling (CM) methods employed to assess and enhance the climate resiliency of snow-fed arid lands river systems in the Truckee-Carson River System in the western United States. In addition to reviewing the formative and summative evaluation results, lessons learned from this case study lend additional insight into the perks and pitfalls inherent to interdisciplinary knowledge co-production and emphasize the importance of evaluation to identify and empirically test best practices involving the selection and application of collaborative modeling methods.


Dr. Loretta Singletary is a Professor with the Department of Economics and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, and UNR Interdisciplinary Outreach Liaison

Recording URL https://psu.zoom.us/recording/play/pfA7VryQWnSM8nLxGFk16Azi__C1_QRYGuZ5Sv2vi5WhPlPsAqiNiYVRXH9OqqWU?autoplay=true&startTime=1574271631000

Singletary Webinar Brief Final (1)

Community Engagement in Natural Resource Management – Lessons Learned From The Award-Winning Victoria Rabbit Action Network And An International Partnership

The webinar highlighted the underlying principles, community engagement strategies and framing of the innovative, and UN award winning Victoria Rabbit Action Network program (VRAN).  Our presenters also discussed the lessons learned from the collaborative research and capacity-building partnership between Penn State, Australia’s Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre and University of New England.


Michael Reid program manager with Agriculture Victoria and Dr. Ted Alter, professor of agricultural, environmental, and regional economics at Penn State University.

Reid Alter Summary Issue Brief

Linking Extension and Research to Identify Management Solutions in Partnership with Producers and Industry

This webinar provided an overview of the University of Nebraska TAPS program, an innovative program that facilitates a number of interactive real-life farm management competitions. These competitions bring together UNL scientists and extension professionals, producers, industry leaders, agriculture students, government regulators and agency personnel to become part of a highly engaged network focused on evolving profitability and input-use efficiency.


Daran Rudnick is an assistant professor of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, specializing in irrigation/water management and is located at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte, Nebraska. Daran has an active extension program that engages growers, industry, regulatory agencies, and university personnel.

Rudnick Summary Issue Brief

Recording URL: https://psu.zoom.us/recording/share/uM9VfYUD-N50av53g8wt0BU1k3ac8gVl2nxTGmYHmhqwIumekTziMw?startTime=1560875802000

Promise and Peril in Participatory Approaches to Water Quality Research

This webinar provided an overview of participatory approaches to engage farmers and stakeholders in research and stimulate action to address water quality challenges. Case studies will illustrate the opportunities and challenges faced by researchers seeking to use a more collaborative and participatory approach.


Dr. Jackson-Smith is a rural sociologist who uses social science research tools and collaborations with interdisciplinary teams to study the human dimensions of complex agricultural and environmental change. His work often involves participatory approaches that engage stakeholders directly in the design, conduct, and analysis of scientific research and modeling.

Recording URL: https://psu.box.com/s/rnxktq94dul5mw4blmf0dvzfl9amy446

Presentation slides Water for Ag Webinar April 2019

Summary Issue Brief https://water4ag.psu.edu/files/2019/08/Jackson-Smith-Webinar-Issue-Brief.pdf

The Voluntary Stewardship Program: Engaging Diverse Interests to Resolve Conflict Over Preserving Agriculture and Protecting Natural Resources

An on-the-ground example of what it can look like when diverse interests are engaged in a collaborative process to address issues around preserving agriculture while protecting natural resources like water and fish


Michael Kern, Assoc. Prof. of Extension at Washington State University, Affiliate Associate Professor, University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, and Director of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center. Professor Kern is also a member of the Water for Agriculture Advisory Committee

Recording URL: https://psu.zoom.us/recording/play/zCqoSEe-OAzXjEcq7i1ixCAfaNPyial9jcP8KhuWqZuOy6kbpbuwho_uptqH4amx?continueMode=true

Summary Issue Brief https://water4ag.psu.edu/files/2019/10/Kern-Webinar-Brief-Final-1.pd