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Mission and Vision
USDA’s Climate Hubs Vision is robust and healthy agricultural production and natural resources under increasing climate variability.
The mission of the Climate Hubs is to develop and deliver science-based, region-specific information and technologies, with USDA agencies and partners, to agricultural and natural resource managers that enable climate-informed decision-making, and to provide access to assistance to implement those decisions. This is in alignment with the USDA mission to provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.
What will the Climate Hubs do?
• Provide coordinated technical support to supplement USDA agriculture and land management program delivery, especially to underserved and vulnerable communities, tribes, and individuals;
• Deliver science-based agriculture and land management tools and strategies for responding to impacts of a changing climate such as drought, extreme weather events, and changing growing seasons, and for managing greenhouse gas mitigation;
• Support applied research and development and innovation partnerships for risk management and climate change response;
• Work closely with extension organizations and be a source of user-friendly information developed from research from a wide variety of sources.
Assessments and Forecasts
• Provide periodic regional assessments of risk and vulnerability to production sectors and rural economies, building on material provided under the National Climate Assessment prepared by the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP).
• Improve access to usable regional data and climate change projections and forecasts in support of risk management and climate adaptation planning.
Outreach and Education
• Provide outreach and education to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners on science-based risk management through the land grant universities, Cooperative Extension, USDA service agencies, and other public/private partnerships; and
• Educate natural and agriculture resource managers on the latest understanding of climate change science and the effects of climate change on, and the vulnerability to agro-ecosystems and forests.