Rising average temperatures, shifting precipitation patterns, changing growing seasons, increasingly frequent and severe weather events, and rising sea levels are making it more difficult to grow food, fuel, and fiber. More serious pest pressures, heat stress on livestock, and greater crop loss to drought, wildfire, and flooding are just a handful factors complicating agricultural production. As the climate continues to change, these difficulties will only intensify, jeopardizing farmers’ jobs and straining our food supply.
On this page, you’ll find educational resources, information about USDA conservation programs, and guidance for advocating stronger climate policy.
For decades, farmers and ranchers have implemented conservation practices that build soil health, such as no-till, cover crops, and intensive grazing. These practices not only mitigate climate change by pulling excess carbon out of the atmosphere and sequestering it in the soil, but they also help farmers adapt by building the land’s resilience to extreme weather.
Though farmers are among the most immediately and directly affected by climate change, they also hold immense power to address this crisis—and many are already doing so.
Farmers are also fighting climate change through the production of renewable energy, including wind and solar energy and biofuels. This both reduces emissions from fossil fuels as well as helps ensure domestic energy security.
But they can’t do it alone—these efforts are often expensive, technically demanding, and time consuming. To make on-farm climate action as accessible as possible, farmers and ranchers need financial and technical support, strong policy mechanisms, and robustly funded climate research. National Farmers Union is working hard to make sure all of these needs are met.
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