Climate Column: Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Drought

Climate Column: Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Drought

By Tom Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education Crops won’t grow without rain, and livestock producers remember the enormous problems experienced with the severe drought in 2012. Drought is frightening for farmers and expensive for consumers. USDA’s Southern Plains Assessment of Vulnerability and Preliminary Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies for Farmers, Ranchers and Forest Land … Read More

Climate Column: Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Heat Stress on Livestock

Climate Column: Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Heat Stress on Livestock

By Tom Somrack, NFU Government Relations Intern As the previous Climate Column noted, rising temperatures resulting from climate change can have serious repercussions for both crop growers and livestock producers. According to the National Climate Assessment: Climate Change Impacts in the United States, “Summer temperatures are projected to continue rising, and a reduction of soil moisture, which exacerbates heat waves, … Read More

Climate Column: Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Rising Temperatures

Climate Column: Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Rising Temperatures

By Tom Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education According to the USDA-led report Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation, “The entire United States is likely to warm substantially over the next 40 years, with an increase of 1° to 2° C over much of the country.” USDA’s Regional … Read More

Climate Column: Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Introduction

Climate Column: Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Introduction

By Tom Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education At the 2016 National Farmers Union (NFU) convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, NFU members established that the organization should “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” and “support efforts … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Noble Research Institute’s Environmental Services Markets Plan 

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Noble Research Institute’s Environmental Services Markets Plan 

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy While farmers have profound respect for the land and natural resources, the farm economy does not always adequately align profitability and stewardship. However, we are growing in our understanding of farmers’ ability to help address climate change and other environmental challenges through production and conservation practices. Noble Research Institute (NRI) is currently working to advance ecosystem service markets (ESM) specifically … Read More

What Do Farmers Need To Know About Climate Change? National Climate Assessment

What Do Farmers Need To Know About Climate Change? National Climate Assessment

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Last week, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released the Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States (NCA4) detailing the existing and incoming impacts of climate change. Chapter 10 of the report, titled Agriculture and Rural Communities, covers the … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Markets for Climate-Smart Ag Products in Missouri

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Regular readers of NFU’s Climate Column know there are many ways farmers can mitigate the negative effects of climate change. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers farmers technical and financial support to help interested farmers mitigate climate change and … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Markets for Climate-Smart Ag Products in Missouri

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Markets for Climate-Smart Ag Products in Missouri

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Regular readers of NFU’s Climate Column know there are many ways farmers can mitigate the negative effects of climate change. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers farmers technical and financial support to help interested farmers mitigate climate change and … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Commodity Plus Carbon Futures

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Commodity Plus Carbon Futures

Dr. Richard Gilmore, President/CEO of GIC Group Do any of us recall that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiated the Climate Change Impacts and Risks Analysis Project (CIRA) in 2015? Absent new technologies and risk mitigation production strategies, the analysts forecast a decline of irrigated soybeans by 23 percent, sorghum by 22 percent, and wheat … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Markets for Climate-Smart Ag Products in Florida

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Markets for Climate-Smart Ag Products in Florida

By Kiana Brockel, NFU Intern Regular readers of NFU’s Climate Column know there are many ways farmers can mitigate the negative effects of climate change. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers farmers technical and financial support to help interested farmers mitigate climate change and become more climate resilient. In … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Markets for Climate-Smart Ag Products in Arizona 

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Markets for Climate-Smart Ag Products in Arizona 

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Climate Column readers know that there are many things farmers can do to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), housed within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), offers farmers technical and financial support to abate climate change and become more climate … Read More

What Do Farmers Need To Know About Climate Change? AgBiz Logic

What Do Farmers Need To Know About Climate Change? AgBiz Logic

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy, and Jake Stukenberg, NFU Intern Here on the Climate Column, we have discussed the impacts climate change will have on your farm as well as management decisions you can make to cope with these changes. Longtime Climate Leaders know that there are many climate impacts … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Conserve With Us

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Conserve With Us

By Alexis Dunnum, NFU Executive Assistant Land management practices have the capacity to either mitigate climate change or to exacerbate its negative impacts. As landowners, farmers have the opportunity to participate in conservation efforts and directly protect the land, water, and wildlife. However, owning and managing property is not the only way to ensure lands … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Weed Control and Herbicides

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Weed Control and Herbicides

By Janan Lenzy, NFU Intern Previously on the Climate Column, we have discussed how troublesome weeds can be for agricultural operations, particularly as the climate continues to change. Although tillage can be an effective method of weed control, there are substantial drawbacks that may dissuade some farmers from implementation. One possible alternative to tillage is … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Weed Control & Tillage

By Janan Lenzy, NFU Intern Climate change been the cause, both directly and indirectly, of various challenges for agricultural producers. This list includes extreme droughts and floods, irregular growing seasons, animal and crop disease transmission, and pest migration. Another seemingly perpetual issue exacerbated by climate change is weed growth. Weeds are invasive plant species genetically … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Weed Control & Tillage

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Weed Control & Tillage

By Janan Lenzy, NFU Intern Climate change been the cause, both directly and indirectly, of various challenges for agricultural producers. This list includes extreme droughts and floods, irregular growing seasons, animal and crop disease transmission, and pest migration. Another seemingly perpetual issue exacerbated by climate change is weed growth. Weeds are invasive plant species genetically … Read More

Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Colony Collapse Disorder

Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Colony Collapse Disorder

By Janan Lenzy, NFU Intern Bees contribute to the economy and health of the environment. In addition to their notoriety for honey production, bees also provide the versatile substance known as beeswax, and they are imperative to 30 percent of the world’s crop production, pollinating many fruit, vegetable, and flower species, as well as 90 percent … Read More