Pennsylvania

How are forests vulnerable to climate change? Forests and ecosystems in the Mid-Atlantic region will be affected directly and indirectly by a changing climate over the next 100 years. Understanding the potential impacts is an important first step to sustaining healthy forests…

Urban forests will experience local climate change impacts in the coming decades.  Urban forests can be viewed as two separate but interconnected entities: natural areas and developed sites. These areas are managed and maintained in vastly different ways and by different…

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…

Building Agricultural Resiliency through Adaptation Hosted by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub and partners, this meeting examined the state of our knowledge on climate adaptation and actions to support agriculture in our region. The USDA Northeast Climate Hub and partners…

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 …

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…

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…

How are climate change and weather variability affecting Northeastern producers? Farmers, foresters, and other land owners in the Northeast are already feeling the pressures of a changing climate and increasing weather variability. In recent years the Northeast has experienced…

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…