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New USDA publication: Climate Indicators for Agriculture

I ran across this new USDA publication on Twitter this week, and it’s a winner. It contains a very comprehensive description of how climate affects agriculture, including extreme weather, indicators like degree days and chill hours, livestock and outdoor worker heat stress, and crop insurance. I use this information every day in my work, and I am very pleased that this was all gathered together in one place. Service to agriculture is the #1 one reason why UGA has their weather network, and we hope that the information we provide at continues to be of use to extension agents and producers in the future, as well as university and K-12 students, businesses, and many others. Check it out at