climate adaptation Tag

An Emory University study projects that climate change will make the U.S. Corn Belt unsuitable for cultivating corn by 2100, necessitating significant agricultural adaptation. It is critical that this adaptation includes diversification beyond the major commodity crops that now make up the bulk of U.S. agriculture, according to study leader Emily Burchfield. "Climate change is happening, and it will continue to shift U.S. cultivation geographies strongly north," Burchfield says. "It's not enough to simply depend on technological innovations to save the day. Now is the time to envision big shifts in what and how we grow our food to create...

Related ATTRA publication: Organic Cotton Production Climate change and reduced water resources are bringing cotton farming further north, into Kansas, reports National Public Radio. Cotton prices are strong, and cotton is more drought-tolerant than wheat, which helps make the crop attractive to farmers. A cotton growers co-op in Kansas installed equipment to provide processing infrastructure....

A study led by the University of Washington found that adding trees to pastureland in the tropics, or silvopasture, can cool local temperatures by up to 4.3° F for every four tons of woody material added per acre, depending on the density of tree plantings. The finding could help farmers in tropical climates adapt to rising temperatures by providing natural cooling for pastures. Researchers found that the effect holds true at all scales. The study also identified areas worldwide that could gain the most by practicing silvopasture. ...

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) is providing a $796,878 Seeding Solutions grant to Cornell University to study how different plant genomes respond to environment conditions throughout the entire growing season, with the goal of improving crops' climate resiliency. BASF, Limagrain and Virginia Crop Improvement Association are providing matching funds for a total investment of nearly $1.6 million. To develop climate resilient crops, breeders must first understand how traits such as yield vary across environments and whether genetic variations can influence a crop's sensitivity to climate conditions. With this knowledge, breeders and growers can use genomic data to...

In this episode, the second of a two-part series, NCAT Southwest Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Colin Mitchell continues his conversation with guest Rowan Reid from Australia on agroforestry — farming with trees. Rowan was a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne for 20 years, is the managing director at the Australian Agroforestry Foundation, and has written or co-authored eight books, including his most recent release: Heartwood: The Art and Science of Growing Trees for Conservation and Profit. In part two, Colin and Rowan talk about tools farmers need for producing high-value timber on their farm, fire management, farmer- to-farmer learning networks,...

In this episode, the first of two, NCAT Southwest Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Colin Mitchell speaks with guest Rowan Reid from Australia to discuss agroforestry — farming with trees. Rowan was a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne for 20 years and is managing director of the Australian Agroforestry Foundation. He has written or co-authored eight books, including his most recent release: Heartwood: The Art and Science of Growing Trees for Conservation and Profit. Colin and Rowan talk about balancing conservation and production, defining agroforestry, Rowan's path to become a “forester among farmers”; and how agroforestry can help improve the environment. Watch...