What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? EQIP

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? EQIP

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy On the Climate Column, we have discussed many conservation practices, such as cover crops and stripcropping, that help farmers mitigate climate change, either by reducing emissions related to farming or by storing carbon in the soil. Many of these practices not only cut carbon emissions, but they … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Low-Carbon Transportation Future

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Low-Carbon Transportation Future

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy This week is Climate Week in New York City. Georgetown Climate Center invited me to represent National Farmers Union (NFU) to their Low-Carbon Transportation Policy Symposium, where I’ll discuss business opportunities in low-carbon transportation. Producers and rural communities will benefit from expanded use of biofuels … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Energy Efficiency

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Energy Efficiency

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Farmers and ranchers are in a unique position to help address climate change. Using practices like conservation tillage and forage management, farmers can help the soil they work and plants they grow take greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere, preventing them from interfering with the … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Cover Crops and Crop Insurance

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Cover Crops and Crop Insurance

By Matt Perdue, NFU Government Relations Representative Previous Climate Column posts have discussed how cover crops help farmers and ranchers adapt to and mitigate climate change. Planting cover crops can improve soil health and water quality, optimize water use, increase productivity, decrease input costs, and reduce carbon emissions. As cover crops grow in popularity, it’s crucial to … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Principles for Environmental Markets

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Principles for Environmental Markets

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Producers face many severe challenges stemming from climate change. A 2013 report published by the U.S Department of Agriculture, Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation, estimates that “under climate change, losses to corn production in the United States from precipitation … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Managing Pest Pressures

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Managing Pest Pressures

By Adam Pauley, NFU Intern For the past several weeks on the Climate Column, we’ve noted that climate change is contributing to rising pest pressures. Frost-sensitive pests are living longer, and rising temperatures are opening new areas to infestation. Farmers are responding to this growing problem by adjusting their pest management strategies. However, some common ways … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Integrated Pest Management

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Integrated Pest Management

By Adam Pauley, NFU Intern Here on the Climate Column, we’ve been talking about how milder winters due to climate change are contributing to greater pest pressures. Farmers are turning new agricultural methods to mitigate pests without exacerbating other environmental concerns. We’ve discussed a few methods already, including intercropping and crop rotation. Another option is integrated … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Intercropping & Pest Management

By Adam Pauley, NFU Intern Last week on the Climate Column, we noted that milder winters caused by climate change are lengthening the lives of frost-sensitive pests, increasing pest pressure on farms. Farmers are implementing new practices to compete with more aggressive pests, but many of the common means of doing so can exacerbate other … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Intercropping & Pest Management

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Intercropping & Pest Management

By Adam Pauley, NFU Intern Last week on the Climate Column, we noted that milder winters caused by climate change are lengthening the lives of frost-sensitive pests, increasing pest pressure on farms. Farmers are implementing new practices to compete with more aggressive pests, but many of the common means of doing so can exacerbate other … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Crop Rotation and Pest Management

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Crop Rotation and Pest Management

By Adam Pauley, NFU Intern According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation, temperatures in the next 40 years are expected to rise 1-2 degrees Celsius. This will increase pest pressure because insects that are frost sensitive will be able to survive milder winters. … Read More

What Should Farmers Know About Climate Change? Irrigation Water Management

What Should Farmers Know About Climate Change? Irrigation Water Management

By Skylar Schneider, Executive Assistant, National Farmers Union Climate change presents a multitude of challenges for farmers, as extreme temperatures and erratic rainfall patterns can negatively impact crops. In order to prepare for these extreme conditions, such as drought, farmers can adopt energy-conserving practices. For example, water is a valuable natural resource that is absolutely … Read More

Access to Efficiency: Climate Change & Water

By Steven Emmen, NFU Intern Farmers and ranchers who are feeding a growing population often think about more. The more crops planted and the more they yield, the more mouths are fed, right? However, when speaking in terms of efficiency, whether it’s inputs, land, or water, farmers and ranchers need to think about less. In … Read More

Access to Efficiency: Climate Change & Water

Access to Efficiency: Climate Change & Water

By Steven Emmen, NFU Intern Farmers and ranchers who are feeding a growing population often think about more. The more crops planted and the more they yield, the more mouths are fed, right? However, when speaking in terms of efficiency, whether it’s inputs, land, or water, farmers and ranchers need to think about less. In … Read More

What Can Farmers and Ranchers Do About Climate Change? Market Access for Pastured Meat

What Can Farmers and Ranchers Do About Climate Change? Market Access for Pastured Meat

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy The Climate Column has covered a number of grazing practices that encourage soil health, such as prescribed grazing and rotational grazing. These practices store atmospheric carbon in the soil while protecting forage from the increasingly volatile precipitation patterns driven by climate change, allowing producers to both mitigate … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Nitrogen Management Pilot Project

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Nitrogen Management Pilot Project

By Robert Parkhurst, Agriculture Greenhouse Gas Markets Director at Environmental Defense Fund With international trade pressures, low commodity prices, and unpredictable weather patterns, it’s a tough time for agriculture right now. But farmers are now and have always been innovative and resilient – and very resourceful. That’s why a new opportunity might be of interest to … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Diversified Crop Rotation

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Diversified Crop Rotation

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Last week, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) published a study, “Rotating Crops, Turning Profits: How Diversified Farming Systems Can Help Farmers While Protecting Soil and Preventing Pollution.” It focuses on the environmental benefits, including reduced greenhouse gas emissions and increased soil organic matter, of … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Rotational Grazing

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Rotational Grazing

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Coordinator Last month on the Climate Column, we introduced the idea of prescribed grazing, a conservation practice in which the frequency and intensity of grazing, as well as the density and placement of livestock, are regulated with a specific goal in mind. Prescribed grazing can be carried out in a … Read More

What Do Farmers Need To Know About Climate Change? Conservation Planning

What Do Farmers Need To Know About Climate Change? Conservation Planning

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Over the past several months, the Climate Column has featured many conservation practices, like installing filter strips or planting cover crops, that help mitigate climate change and build an operation’s climate resilience. For many producers, it may not be immediately clear which practices would be most beneficial for their … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Soil Health Champions Network

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Soil Health Champions Network

By Beth Mason, NACD North Central Region Representative  In 2014, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) began a three-year project to increase the adoption of soil health practices across the United States. The project consists of two initiatives – one focused on quantifying the monetary benefits of using soil health practices, and the other on … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

By Tom Driscoll, Director of Conservation Policy and NFU Foundation As discussed in previous Climate Column articles, specific practices, like no-till farming and planting cover crops, allow farmers to mitigate and adapt to climate change. However, in many instances, simply keeping land in production will secure important climate benefits. The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Agricultural … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Prescribed Grazing

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Prescribed Grazing

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Coordinator Here on the Climate Column, we have covered a number of conservation practices, many of which are specific either to cropland, such as alley cropping, or to livestock, such as waste management. One approach that incorporates both livestock and land is prescribed grazing, which, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Riparian Forest Buffers

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Riparian Forest Buffers

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Coordinator Several weeks ago, the Climate Column introduced filter strips, also known as buffer strips, which are areas of vegetation planted between cropland and surface water to obstruct the passage of sediment and pollutants into environmentally sensitive areas. One subcategory of filter strips are riparian forest buffers, described by the National … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Dynamic Cropping Systems: Tom Trantham’s Story

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Dynamic Cropping Systems: Tom Trantham’s Story

By Laura Lengnick, founder of Cultivating Resilience, LLC This story is excerpted from Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate (New Society Publishers, 2015). Resilient Agriculture explores climate risk, resilience, and the future of food through the adaptation stories of 25 award-winning sustainable farmers and ranchers growing fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and livestock across America. … Read More