An ongoing partnership provides climate information to agricultural producers
The U.S. Midwest is a major producer of a wide range of food and animal feed for national consumption and international trade. Higher humidity, precipitation, and temperatures associated with a changing climate increasingly impact agriculture in the region, and projected climate changes are expected to pose growing challenges to agricultural productivity in the coming decades.
Weather and climate information targeted to the needs of agricultural producers can help producers increase the resilience of their operations to climate variability and change. USDA’s Midwest Climate Hub works closely with NOAA’s National Weather Service to collect and supply weather and climate-related information that is useful and usable for agricultural producers in the region. Together, USDA and NOAA continuously assess current conditions and upcoming situations, including weather-related disasters, and communicate tailored information to help producers prepare for and recover from climate-related events.
In addition to regular webinars and meetings with users, recent examples of this partnership include the Extreme Cold Snap brief (January 2019), Post-Bomb Cyclone Recovery list of resources (March 2019), and a special weather event webinar on flooding and precipitation impacts on agriculture (June 2019). These communications also connect users with region-specific information and resources provided by university agricultural extension services, state and Federal disaster relief agencies, and other science-based information and tools created by regional and national partners.
1 Angel, J., C. Swanston, B.M. Boustead, K.C. Conlon, K.R. Hall, J.L. Jorns, K.E. Kunkel, M.C. Lemos, B. Lofgren, T.A. Ontl, J. Posey, K. Stone, G. Takle, and D. Todey, 2018: Midwest. In: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II [Reidmiller, D.R., C.W. Avery, D.R. Easterling, K.E. Kunkel, K.L.M. Lewis, T.K. Maycock, and B.C. Stewart (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 872–940. doi: 10.7930/NCA4.2018.CH2