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USDA 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Plan

2014

The 2014 U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Climate Change Adaptation Plan presents strategies and actions to address the effects of climate change on key mission areas including agricultural production, food security, rural development, and forestry and natural resources conservation. The Plan includes input from eleven USDA agencies and offices.   It provides a detailed vulnerability assessment, reviews the elements of USDA’s mission that are at risk from climate change, and provides specific actions and steps being taken to build resilience to climate change.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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Farming in a Changing Climate

The State of Maryland predicts growing economic uncertainty in agriculture, the state’s largest commercial industry, due to climate change. Published by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, this brochure summarizes climate change related risks for the agriculture sector and potential adaptation strategies. For example, increased temperatures and precipitation variability could translate into greater production costs, as farmers may require additional water for irrigation, or more frequent pest treatments.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Climate Resilience Webinars: Farming for Success in the 21st Century

2014

Farming for Success in the 21st Century climate resilience webinars are provided online by CalCAN, the California Climate and Agriculture Network. This series of three webinars provides tools to help growers cope with a changing climate and extreme weather events. The webinars highlight the importance of building healthy soils, increasing biodiversity, and employing water stewardship strategies.

Related Organizations: California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Midwest Climate Hub

2014

The USDA Regional Climate Hubs offer climate adaptation tools, strategies management options, and technical support to farmers, ranchers and forest land owners. The Hubs direct land managers to USDA agencies that can provide program support to enable them to implement climate-informed management practices. The Midwest Climate Hub works with the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Minnesota.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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USDA Climate Change and U.S. Agriculture - An Assessment of Effects and Adaptation Responses

September 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a technical report, Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation, Technical Bulletin 1935, in 2012 which details the known climate change effects on U.S. agriculture, and adaptation measures to minimize these impacts. This report is a summary of the technical bulletin, highlighting the major findings, and prevailing and potential adaptation strategies.   

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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California Climate Change Consortium for Specialty Crops: Impacts and Strategies for Resilience

2013

The California Climate Change Consortium, made up of individuals involved in specialty crop production, prepared a report in 2013 for the California Department of Food and Agriculture focused on the impacts of climate change. It addition to outlining these risks, the Consortium report also proposes strategies for resilience, specifically addressing the impacts of changing temperatures, limited water resources, increased pest pressure, and pollinator decline within the state. The assessment used regional vulnerability assessments to account for localized effects climate change and to weigh the likelihood of losing farmland due to socioeconomic pressures, urbanization, or soil degradation.

Related Organizations: California Department of Food and Agriculture

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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USDA: Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation, Technical Bulletin 1935

2012

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), this Technical Bulletin presents an overview of current climate change impacts on U.S. agriculture, assesses the the potential consequences of climate change over the next 25 to 100 years, and offers comprehensive climate change adaptation processes and strategies.  

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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Too Hot to Handle: Climate Change and Agricultural Water Use

November 16, 2011

This paper discusses the role of irrigated agriculture in the western United States.   Climate change in the west is expected to result in a more arid climate and therefore strain the already extended water uses in the region.   Because of climate change and other factors, the report suggests that all water uses, including long-standing agricultural water rights, need to be re-examined. The author questions the region’s continued use of most of its water for irrigation, and the appropriate role of federal and state policy makers in responding to this environmental challenge.

Related Organizations: University of New Mexico

Author or Affiliated User: Denise Fort

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Adaptation for Agriculture and the Food System to Climate Change: Policy Issues

February 2010

This policy brief provides an overview of the potential impacts of climate change on the U.S. agriculture and food sectors, and then addresses the policy implications of these findings. This brief summarizes the findings of a longer report on the potential impacts of climate change and the potential for the U.S. agricultural sector to adapt to climate change (also by John Antle for Resources for the Future in 2009).  

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: John M. Antle

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Strategic Plan 2010 - 2015

2010

The USDA supports rural communities and enhances quality of life for rural residents by improving their economic opportunities, community infrastructure, environmental health, and the sustainability of agricultural production. This Strategic Plan presents the Department’s priorities in four overall goals as of 2010: 

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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