Title: Workshop: Weather Data & Tools
Date: Tue Jul 25, 2017
Time: 3:40 PM - 5:40 PM
Moderator: Eric Snodgrass
Workshop: Growing Season Weather Risk in Agriculture

Risk management is key to successfully operating an agricultural business. Weather - especially volatile weather - can turn a well managed plan into a disaster. In this breakout session, we will discuss in-season weather risk and explore tools that can be used to monitor and predict adverse weather around the country and world. We will learn together how to interpret and understand weather forecasts and discuss how weather can dominate the movement of market prices. Finally, we will discuss the progress of the 2017 growing season and look ahead to harvest weather and the 2017-18 growing season in South America.

Eric Snodgrass (speaker)
Director of Undergraduate Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dept of Atmospheric Science
Urbana, IL 61801
Eric Snodgrass is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Each year, he guides over 1500 students through the wild side of weather in ATMS 120: Severe and Hazardous Weather. He teaches advanced courses on General Physical Meteorology and Meteorological Instrumentation and supervises numerous Capstone Research projects. Snodgrass also teaches ENSU 310: Renewable and Alternative Energy for the Environmental Sustainability Program. He advises all undergraduate majors and minors in atmospheric science (~100 students) and supervises graduate teaching assistants. He serves on numerous committees and boards on campus including the Illinois Teaching Advancement Board, Student Sustainability Committee and the Provost Task Force on Improving Large Enrollment Courses. Snodgrass’ research initiatives focus on K-12 science education as well as weather forecasting applications in financial markets. He has recently been awarded the LAS Teaching Excellence award and the Campus Teaching Excellence Award. Also, his online version of ATMS 120 was awarded the 2012 "Best Online Course" from the University Professional Continuing Education Association (a national organization). Currently, he is preparing this course to become a MOOC through Coursera.
Length (approx): 120 min