Management Actions

As working lands continue to respond to the pressures of a changing climate, individuals and organizations tasked with managing these systems will benefit from reexamining their priorities, objectives, and tactics. Some land managers may ultimately decide not to make any near-term changes in priorities or tactics, even after considering climate pressures on the lands they manage. Others may choose to accommodate change even as they attempt to ensure continued value from the lands in question. In other words, as forests, rangelands, and other systems adapt naturally, organizations need to decide if they intend to play a role in adaptation through land management and how to play that role most effectively. This is easier said than done, of course, as land managers struggle to keep up with “traditional” challenges, not to mention the daunting complexities of climate change.

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Photo by Matt Mortenson. Steers drinking out of water trough.

09/19/17 Flexible Stocking Summit Report The Flexible Stocking Summit brought ranchers together from eastern Wyoming and Colorado, alongside USDA researchers and University Extension professionals. The summit was held at the Semiarid Grasslands Research Center near Nunn, CO, on...

Flexible Stocking Summit Report: A Peer-to-Peer Discussion and Learning Event

Irrigation lines at Intervale Community Farm

An Economic Case Study at Intervale Community Farm After severe drought in much of the Northeast in 2016, the following summer reminded us that the trend in the Northeast is for more rainfall. However, this rain is more often occurring in heavy downpours between periods of hot...

Irrigation Pays in Protecting Crop Revenues

Hard engineering gully stabilization

Rainfall intensity is increasing in the Northeastern U.S., and stabilizing gullies is one strategy that can be used to protect against erosion. The Doyle-Burrs own a 272 acre family farm in Addison County, Vermont. The property had been a dairy farm for over 140 years, before ...

Economics of Gully Erosion and Stabilization

Upper level in biochar facility in Cornell 360

Smart Phone or Tablet? We suggest jumping over here for an improved virtual experience!   The need to maintain healthy agricultural soils has never been greater as we face the challenges of climate change and feeding an expanding human population. At Cornell, sustainability is a...

Cornell Biochar and Compost Facilities

An aerial overview of plots participating in USDA-ARS Farming Systems Project in Beltsville, Maryland

Mid-Atlantic corn and soybean yields show great variability in response to precipitation during critical growth stages. Long-term agricultural research provides unique insights into the impact of climate and weather on agricultural sustainability. The USDA-ARS Farming Systems...

USDA ARS Farming Systems Project

View of the March 2018 Quarterly Harvest

Working as a collaboration to promote climate informed decisions on farms and forests. In December 2017, the USDA Northeast Climate Hub relaunched it's e-newsletter to bring readers a more visually appealing and engaging periodical. The aptly named, Quarterly Harvest, seeks to...

The Quarterly Harvest

Hertzler cows grazing in spring

How does the changing climate impact dairy operations, and what can dairy farmers do to adapt?  Increased heat stress in dairy livestock can reduce feed intake, milk production, and livestock fertility. For a Southern Pennsylvania farm, average annual losses in milk production...

Weather and Climate Considerations for Dairy

Cows on pasture laneway

A rotational stocking system controls the timing and intensity of grazing by rotating animals among paddocks, and gives the pastures time for rest and regrowth. Why should I adapt? Heavy rain events have increased dramatically in the Northeastern United States. These downpours...

Managing Grazing to Improve Climate Resilience

Rolled winter cereal cover crops provide weed suppression for organic no-till production systems.

Managing a continuous cover of plants to help improve soil health and prevent erosion. Is your field covered from the impacts? Heavy rains are becoming more frequent across the Northeastern United States and increasing soil erosion and nutrient runoff problems. Wetter weather in...

Cover Cropping to Improve Climate Resilience

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