Ranch model results suggest that an improvement in the ability to predict seasonal ENSO states would lead ranchers to make more confident stocking decisions in response to droughts. Forecasts may decrease ranch vulnerability and reduce environmental pressure on rangelands, through increased profitability at lower stocking rates.
The climate risk management extension education classes provided ranchers with climate risk information and the tools to use climate information and relate it to their existing knowledge base. Response from the workshops suggests that these sessions were well received. Results from a follow up evaluation show that 86 percent of respondents reported that the sessions had changed the way they made ranch management decisions.