What Can You Do When the Weather Won’t Cooperate?

You are not alone when it comes to frustrations with weather, and with actual changes in the climate.   In the Midwest, growing seasons have lengthened by almost two weeks since 1950. The fire season is now 60 days longer than it was 30 years ago.  With these changes, farmers, ranchers and forest landowners across the country are seeing a change in the risks to their operations caused by fires, invasive pests, droughts, and floods. Drought alone was estimated to cost the U.S. $50 billion from 2011 to 2013.  It's clear that we need to make adjustments to what we do so that we can continue to feed the folks relying on us. On February 5, 2014, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the creation of "Climate Hubs" to help farmers, ranchers and foresters.  According to his press release, "Climate Hubs will address increasing risks such as fires, invasive pests, devastating floods, and crippling droughts on a regional basis, aiming to translate science and research into information to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners on ways to adapt and adjust their resource management." "For generations, America's farmers, ranchers and forest landowners have innovated and adapted to challenges. Today, they face a new and more complex threat in the form of a changing and shifting climate, which impacts both our nation's forests and our farmers' bottom lines,

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One thought on “What Can You Do When the Weather Won’t Cooperate?

  1. Whether weather or climate change, the biggest problem is monoculture farming and ranching. With one basic enterprise it is either good or bad. With multiple crops or animals, one thing may be down, but something else may be up. This is the SELF insurance that our ancestors followed. I think this is more important than another government program.

    Chip Hines

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