Specialty Crops

Specialty crops face a variety of climate-related challenges. Perennials such as grapevines and nut trees represent a major investment and – unlike annual field crops – cannot be abandoned or fallowed in the event of a severe drought, storm, or heat wave. Warmer temperatures may prevent stonefruit (such as peaches and cherries) from experiencing the chill-hours needed for proper flowering.

California produces over 90 percent of the nation’s specialty crops, supporting a diverse and vibrant multi-billion-dollar agricultural production system. Here, we present a synthesis of research on agricultural practices in the state’s specialty crop systems and their…

This toolkit lays out the common operational elements that most urban farmers must consider as they start up or grow their operations. It also contains a special section on resources for developing indoor growing operations, such as aquaponic facilities. For each element, the…

Changes in climate and extreme weather are already increasing challenges for agriculture. This technical bulletin was developed specifically to meet the unique needs of agricultural producers, and provide educators and service providers in the Midwest and Northeast…

Extreme weather is the new normal for farming in the Northeast In this USDA Climate Hub-funded video series produced by the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, hear how three successful organic farmers in Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire are adapting their…

Smart Phone or Tablet? We suggest jumping over here for an improved virtual experience!   The University of the District of Columbia showcases an urban food hub at the East Capitol Urban Farm and helps address food security issues. Food security…

The Northeast region of the United States is home to a tremendous array of edible crop production including all except sub-tropical species.  The region has a wide variety of climate zones, soil types, and accessible, large markets, and has a long history of terminal…

An Economic Case Study at Intervale Community Farm After severe drought in much of the Northeast last year, this summer reminds 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 and dry…

In conversation with Nelson Cecarelli, Owner of Cecarelli Farms on June 5th, 2017 Well before the installation of a RainWise MKIII weather station at Cecarelli Farms this past January, Nelson Cecarelli was itching to harness the power of his own on-farm data…

The changing climate presents challenges and opportunities for U.S. agricultural production, forest resources, and rural economies. These threats have significant implications not just for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners, but for all Americans. Land managers across the…