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The USDA Southwest Climate Hub, located at the Jornada Experimental Range ARS research unit, assists farmers, ranchers and forest landowners in coping with the impacts of climate variability. These impacts include extreme drought, wildfire, tree mortality, increased temperatures and less available water.
We partnered with the Asombro Institute for Science Education to design engaging, fun, and scientifically rigorous education units aligned with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced through a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Cropland composes 8% of the non-federal rural land in the Southwestern Climate Hub region. The most lucrative commodity groups in the region include fruit, tree nuts, and berries; and vegetables, melons, and potatoes.