|New Regional Hubs Will Help Agriculture Sector Manage Climate Impacts|
Thursday, February 6, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched seven regionally-located Climate Hubs to act as data repositories and offer the practical, science-based tools and strategies that agricultural producers need to adapt to climate change.
Recognizing that regions face different climate challenges, the Hubs are housed in USDA facilities spread across the country. Each Hub will focus on developing research and solutions tailored to the specific vulnerabilities of its region, such as drought-tolerant seed varieties, strategies to maintain soil health, and ways to monitor and respond to fires and pest outbreaks.
America’s farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners face a complex threat in the form of a changing and shifting climate. The past three years alone have brought some of the most severe and devastating floods, droughts, and fires in recent U.S. history. While no individual event can be linked to climate change, extreme weather conditions are increasingly impacting agricultural producers, to the detriment of the U.S. food supply and the future security of the U.S. farm economy.
Through the Climate Hubs, USDA will strengthen partnerships with a wide range of organizations working on climate issues, including the Department of the Interior (DOI), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), land-grant universities, Native Nations and organizations, state departments of environment and agriculture, research centers, and farm groups.
To read the full USDA blog post about the new Climate Hubs, please click here.
To see a video about the Climate Hubs, please click here.
To learn more about USDA Climate Solutions, please click here.