As global average temperatures continue to rise, farmers and ranchers across the country are experiencing the alarming impacts of prolonged droughts, heavy precipitation and pluvial flooding, groundwater scarcity, extreme heat, windstorms, increased pest pressures, and more.
Although agriculture accounts for 11% of annual greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, the effects of climate disruptions are disproportionately felt in the fields and on pastures and rangelands.
At the same time, agriculture can serve as a land-based solution to climate change through carbon capture in above ground biomass and carbon accrual in healthy soils. Practices that mitigate atmospheric greenhouse gases and build soil health are often the very same practices that strengthen adaptive capacity and on-farm resilience to climate disruptions.
Examples of such practices are prescribed grazing, crop rotations, windbreak establishment, reduced tillage, reduced use of synthetic fertilizers and cover cropping, just to name a few. This page features practical ATTRA tools and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to embrace complex ecosystem dynamics and create regenerative agricultural systems that work with nature.