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 should make a point of not caring about Trump's EPA pick. Farmers are affected by climate change or [insert more palatable language here] regardless of who is at EPA. There is a pragmatic point on the bureaucratic side in acknowledging the difficulties that may come with this pick on this topic, but the ultimate pragmatism here is that those farmers who are left *know* that adapting is key. Many are already adapting or trying to. Season-to-season or longer-term planning is a built in part of what we do. We have the real knowledge here, and as the cliché goes, that is power. Relinquishing it to a haphazard cabinet pick is the last thing we want to do.

So. How do we bring our power as farmers to bear on the core realities we are already dealing with and will continue to deal with? We and everyone else. We are off to a great start, and I look forward to whatever comes next. And I say that with a full acknowledgement of the complexity of the topic, the assumptions that underlie our attempt to understand it, the disagreements, and the information we *do* have at our disposal.

I'm just seeing a lot of panic on this pick, and I don't think it has a place here. Apologies for the preemptive commentary, too. I know that went out of style around 2003.
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Google unveils a 3-decade timelapse of the Earth.

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