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Agricultural engineer Kenneth Sudduth examines samples of grain collected by a combine. (U.S. Department of Agriculture photo by Bruce Fritz)
Rachel Hauser • February 19, 2013 | With U.S. agriculture taking a massive hit from the widespread drought of 2012, farmers and other stakeholders are hungry for guidance on how crops may fare as the nation’s climate evolves over the coming decades. This year’s National Climate Assessment (NCA) includes new findings on agriculture and climate change—key science that draws from a longstanding collaboration between NCAR and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Pulling together the latest studies, researchers from the USDA, the university community, and nongovernmental organizations produced Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation. This newly released technical document explores the current effects of changing climate as well as projections of change that may occur over the next 100 years. Scientists from the USDA and collaborating organizations used the information from this report to write the NCA chapter on the effects of climate change on U.S. agriculture. Read more >>
The NCAR booth travels to the American Meteorological Society (AMS), American Geophysical Union (AGU),American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meetings each year.