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Glickman: “Climate change and agriculture: Challenges and opportunities”

Former USDA Chairman Dan Glickman has written an opinion piece in Agri-Pulse discussing the future of farming  as the climate changes.  It was originally pointed out to me by the Southeast Regional Climate Hub  in an article here.  You can read the original op-ed from Agri-Pulse at http://www.agri-pulse.com/Climate-change-and-agriculture-challenges-and-opportunities-09222015.asp.

Glickman spends some time discussing adaptations that farmers can make to changes in the climate over time and stresses that farmers are already very good at adapting to year-to-year variations in weather.  But he also points out some challenges that producers will have to deal with in the future, including increased disease and pest pressure.  He gives some suggestions for improvements in risk management and water use that will be useful to farmers.

Source: www.ForestWander.com, Commons Wikimedia

Source: www.ForestWander.com, Commons Wikimedia