MCAP is an integral part of the Dashboard for Agricultural Water Use and Nutrient Management Project (DAWN) Extension team. DAWN is developing a "forecasting and risk analysis system to provide farmers and water managers across the Corn Belt with the most relevant and reliable information for farm-level decision-making." The Extension team advises DAWN's data support, educational programs, and stakeholder engagement. MCAP is helping the project team to identify, categorize, and summarize stakeholder science needs for agriculture forecasts in a changing climate.
Through literature review and document analysis we are helping to summarize stakeholder science needs with the goal of improving the usability of the DAWN dashboard while also working to identify stakeholder perspectives that have already been shared across the project region in an effort to reduce stakeholder fatigue. This research will lead to a summary document and research paper that can be a point of reference for other researchers asking similar questions.