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An Introduction to Adaptation in the Agriculture Sector

Rising temperatures, altered precipitation patterns, and the higher incidence of extreme weather events will have consequences for agricultural productivity. The agriculture sector is critically linked to water supply, ecosystem services, and the U.S. economy, and climate impacts will affect the growth of crops, forage, livestock, and other agricultural products across the country.

Use the resources below as a starting point to better understand how climate change will affect the agriculture sector.

 

 

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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)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 4.3: The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity

May 2008

This report is one in a series of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) produced between 2004 and 2009, aimed at providing current assessments of climate change science in the U. S. to inform public debate, policy, and operational decisions. SAPs are being produced under the auspices of the U. S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP), which coordinates the climate change research activities of U. S. government agencies. The lead sponsor of this particular assessment product is the U. S.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Peter Backlund, Anthony Janetos, David Schimel, J. Hatfield, K. Boote, P. Fay, L. Hahn, C. Izaurralde, B.A. Kimball, T. Mader, J. Morgan, D. Ort, W. Polley, A. Thomson, D. Wolfe, M.G. Ryan, S.R. Archer, R. Birdsey, C. Dahm, L. Heath, J. Hicke, D. Hollinger, T. Huxman, G. Okin, R. Oren, J. Randerson, W. Schlesinger, D. Lettenmaier, D. Major, L. Poff, S. Running, L. Hansen, D. Inouye, B.P. Kelly, L. Meyerson, B. Peterson, R. Shaw.

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Agriculture and the Food System: Adaptation to Climate Change

June 2009

This report addresses the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture in the U.S., and the potential for the agricultural sector to adapt to these impacts. After presenting key features of the U.S. agriculture sector, biophysical and economic vulnerabilities of agriculture and the food system are identified. A discussion of public policy in agriculture and adaptation is followed by suggestions for additional research.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: John M. Antle

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Adaptation in the Agricultural Sector: Lessons from Vermont

November 2, 2017

This report from the Georgetown Climate Center describes climate-smart agricultural practices and efforts states can take to help farms prepare for climate change impacts. The report also includes a case study of how the State of Vermont supported adaptation in the agricultural sector after Hurricane Irene in 2011, which may be helpful to states and communities recovering from recent storms. The report was authored by Deborah Markowitz, former Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Deb Markowitz

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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USGCRP Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S. - Agriculture

June 2009

This report is one of seven sector-specific chapters from the United States Global Change Research Program's comprehensive 2009 report, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the U. S. "  The 'Agriculture' chapter synthesizes current and projected impacts from climate change to agriculture in the U. S.  The chapter opens with a brief discussion of agriculture's impact on climate change.  The $200 billion U. S. agriculture sector accounts for 13. 5 percent of all human-induced U. S. greenhouse gas emissions (8.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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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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