NFU Climate Leaders

NFU Climate Leaders is a community of farmers, ranchers, educators, policy makers, journalists and concerned citizens that share common concern over the current and looming threats posed to agriculture and food security by climate change. This community hopes to spread awareness about why farmers care about climate change, what they need to know about climate change, and what they can do about climate change. Family farmers and ranchers are on the front lines of climate change, which is why NFU members adopted a special order of business at the 2016 NFU 114th Anniversary Convention calling on the organization to lead efforts to help educate family farmers, ranchers and rural communities about how to adapt to the effects of climate change on their respective operations.

On this page, you can browse resources from top organizations and institutions studying the effects and solutions to climate change, read into NFU’s take in the Climate Column and in our releases, and participate in this active and growing community by joining the NFU Climate Leaders Facebook group and signing up for the Climate Leaders mailing list to stay up-to-date on the latest climate news from NFU.

Have thoughts, concerns or questions?

You can email NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education Tom Driscoll at

The Climate Column

Why Farmers Should Care About Climate Change

What Farmers Can Do About Climate Change

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offers overviews on Conservation Practice Standards (CPSs) for climate smart conservation practices, including:

NFU Climate Leaders
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We mentor and teach people about Regenerative Management practices that can grow soil not just mitigate erosion.Recycling is the best way to cure all problems related to crop farming including climate change. A little over a month ago we were asked to host a gentlemen from China who is the manager of a 80,000 acre government farm. To prepare for that visit I went on line to compare Chinese agriculture to our's here. China has about 25% more land used for agriculture, but grows around 25% less. The value of what they produce is 6 times more then US as they do not have a cheap food policy by their government that has brainwashed their citizens thinking that food needs to be cheap if not free. The average Chinese family spends about a third of their income on food and it provides a living for 300 million Chinese in production Agriculture around 25% of their population. In America people spend 5% of their income on food, likely less that the percentage of people still in production Agriculture. Mr. Wang was most amazed at how My Son and I were the only ones farming as the farm he managed had MANY people living there! He thanked us for the tour, and and said we had opened his eyes to everyone in the world working together to solve our common problems. ... See MoreSee Less

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Climate Leaders:

Thank you for the ongoing discussion on pathogens and parasites. It can't be easy to witness increased pain from illness among livestock in your charge.

I'd like to offer a new communications prompt to help us work out "best practices" for talking about climate change in your communities. In past posts, we've explored how personal values and aspects of personal identity present challenges and opportunities for connecting with folks on climate matters.

Today's topic is "virtues"- personal traits and characteristics that have positive moral value. Examples of readily identifiable virtues include charity, patience, humility and diligence. Most people are highly motivated to maintain virtue in their behavior and choices; people generally want to be good citizens and neighbors, regardless of specific beliefs. To achieve positive climate goals, we'll need to connect with as many of these folks as possible.

What are some specific virtues you know folks in your communities are interested in maintaining? In what ways does positive action on climate align with these virtues?
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