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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Climate Column
Why Farmers Should Care About Climate Change
The National Climate Assessment offers a synopsis of climate change’s ongoing and future impacts on the U.S.
USDA’s 2013 report, Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptations explains how climatic change, the interactions between social systems and ecosystems, and the intricacy of adaptation present challenges to U.S. agriculture.
USDA’s Climate Hubs produced eight regional vulnerability assessment that document regional climate change sensitivities and mitigation and adaptation options for producers.
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: