Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:05am
Extension Professor Christine Hatch leads the University of Massachusetts RiverSmart research group.
This group has studied farm vulnerability and adaptation strategies to climate change in Massachusetts since 2014. In Massachusetts, climate change means more rain, more intense storms, and more total precipitation in winter and spring months, but less in the summer. The UMass group talks with farmers in groups to understand how both wetter and drier seasons affect the state’s agriculture.... more
Mon, 04/24/2017 - 1:37pm
Sr. Sapo is a very popular figure among kids in Puerto Rico and Latin America and he has a new healthy hobby, agriculture! The USDA Caribbean Climate Hub and the musical group Atención Atención Inc. partnered to produce the video that talks about how food is grown and its relationship with nature.
“We want to promote agriculture and children’s understanding of how the food we eat is connected to sunshine, rain and the soil,” explained Dr. William A. Gould, Research Ecologist and Director of... more
Mon, 04/24/2017 - 2:03pm
Forests are vital for ensuring clean and reliable supplies of water across the Northeast. Changes in climate like reduced snowpack, earlier springs, and more frequent and intense rainfall create challenges to protecting water resources.
Natural resource professionals are eager to learn more about how to maintain water resources in forested landscapes. The USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub held a workshop in Keene, NH, in early April just for this purpose. Land managers and researchers came... more
Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:50pm
Launch of our Virtual Demonstration Network: ‘As If You Were There'
If you want to see a practice in action before adopting it for your land or recommending it to others, field visits can be a powerful teacher. Now there is another way. You can leave your field boots behind and experience many agricultural climate adaptation actions ‘As If You Were There.’
In partnership with University of Delaware and other USDA and land grant collaborators, the USDA Northeast Climate Hub recently unveiled... more
Mon, 04/24/2017 - 3:23pm
Farming is an inherently risky business. Farmers routinely plan for and respond to equipment failures, weather events, market fluctuations, new regulations and other disruptions. Climate change has been added to this big heap of threats, making food and fiber production in the Northeast even less predictable and more stressful than in the past.
Farmers in the Northeast are already experiencing many effects of climate change and severe weather events, and this variability is only expected... more
Mon, 04/24/2017 - 4:08pm
Anyone who works in agriculture knows that the weather can make or break your year. Most farmers, ranchers, and foresters use a variety of government and private weather sources to find out how much it rained or what the weather will be like tomorrow. Few probably realize they have a home-grown weather and climate resource in their own state.
This resource is called a state climate office (SCO). SCOs gather and archive weather and climate information and possess expertise that is provided... more
Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:54pm
Summer is coming and bringing with it the chance of too much heat. Hot weather can really stress cattle and other livestock.
The Southeast Climate Hub has a free alert system that will email you when heat and humidity conditions are predicted by the National Weather Service to put cattle into danger, so you can keep them cool. The system is based on USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Cattle Heat Stress Forecast but is customized for the location you enter once on a map (slide it north for... more
Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:13pm
Developing plans to address the effects of weather extremes for Tribal communities takes a team.
A team made up of Tribal staff, Elders with localized knowledge of the lands and resources, and in this case, members of the USDA. The USDA Northeast Climate Hub and NRCS are working with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah, both located on the shores of Massachusetts, to address climatic concerns.
Last fall, Barry Hamilton, the National Tribal Relations... more
Mon, 04/24/2017 - 5:30pm
Early planting progress in the Midwest/Plains has generally been slow due to wet soil conditions and multiple rainfall events which have limited soil drying. The delay is starting to cause some concern among producers and has them looking specifically at potential upcoming events and the rest of the season given the slightly reduced growing period. The delay may also have people trying to enter fields where compaction could be an issue.
Horticultural crop producers and perennial growers (ie... more
Thu, 04/13/2017 - 1:03pm
Farmers can profit economically and politically by addressing climate change: “Agriculture organizations and lawmakers are developing the 2018 farm bill, which will guide U.S. agriculture policy for several years, likely through 2022. Forward-thinking farmers can use this legislation to develop programs to pay for climate-friendly environmental services without radically changing the way we farm. Relatively small innovations can deliver payments for environmental services, which initially would... more