About the Northeast Climate Hub

The Northeast Hub is dedicated to building network collaborations and connecting stakeholders to climate-related resources.

Our purpose is to help develop and deliver science based knowledge and practical information for farmers and land managers to support their decision-making related to climate impacts. To do so, we work in partnership with local, state, and federal governments, land grant institutions, consultants, and private organizations reaching across twelve states from Maine to West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Together, through this , we’ve worked on products from and to and on climate adaptation. We want to become the go-to ‘hub’ for people who work the land from northern Maine to West Virginia. 

A diverse region

The 12 northeastern states form a diverse region producing more than $21 billion yearly in agricultural commodities. The Northeast region contains the seven most densely populated states and leads the nation in direct-to-public farm sales. Animal agriculture is important, particularly dairy and poultry. About half of the field crops and pasture grown in the Northeast are for animal feed. Horticulture and perennial fruits (e.g., apples, pears, blueberries, grapes, cranberries) are also a relatively large portion of total plant production. Overall, farms in the Northeast are usually smaller in size and organic production is higher in comparison to other regions. About 21% of land in this region is farmland (6% of the national total), and 62% of land is classified as timberland.

Our climate is already changing

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 large increases in the frequency and intensity of heavy rains, more so than any other part of the country. In 2016, while record rains fell in the southern part of this region (WV), many other parts of the Northeast experienced the worst drought in 50 years (NY, MA, CT, RI, NH). Unusually warm winters (2010, 2012, 2016, and 2017) are leading to early breaking of plant dormancy and increased freeze loses.

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