White House Climate Change Initiative to Focus on Farmers, Forestry

February 4, 2014 11:06 PM
 

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Vilsack to unveil initiative today at White House event


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USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack today will announce the creation of seven regional climate change hubs aimed at the farm community as part of the Obama administration’s push on climate change initiatives. Vilsack will speak at a White House press briefing and explain the role agriculture and forestry can play in mitigating climate change, according to White House officials.

Problems like longer wildfire seasons, extended drought and insect infestations will be noted, along with information to aid in dealing with those risks. In a statement issued Tuesday night, Vilsack said, "USDA’s Climate Hubs are part of our broad commitment to developing the next generation of climate solutions, so that our agricultural leaders have the modern technologies and tools they need to adapt and succeed in the face of a changing climate."

Vilsack mentioned his intention to first create the hubs last summer. "For generations, America's farmers, ranchers and forest landowners have innovated and adapted to challenges," Vilsack said. "Today, they face a new and more complex threat in the form of a changing and shifting climate, which impacts both our nation's forests and our farmers' bottom lines." Vilsack said the climate hubs "are part of our broad commitment to developing the next generation of climate solutions, so that our agricultural leaders have the modern technologies and tools they need to adapt and succeed in the face of a changing climate."

President Obama last year ordered federal agencies to develop plans to combat climate change. "On the heels of passage of the farm bill, the administration will take executive action to help farmers, ranchers and rural communities combat climate change and adapt to extreme weather and other damage it causes," a White House official said in an email ahead of today's announcement.

The hubs will be located at:

  • The National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, Agricultural Research Service, Ames, Iowa, with a sub hub in Houghton, Mich.

  • The Northern Research Station, Forest Service, Durham, N.H.

  • The Southern Research Station, Forest Service, Raleigh, N.C., with a sub hub in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.

  • The National Resources Center, Agricultural Research Service, Fort Collins, Colo.

  • The Grazinglands Research Lab, Agricultural Research Service, El Reno, Okla.

  • The Pacific Northwest Research Station, Forest Service, Corvallis, Ore.

  • The Rangeland Management Unit/Jornada Experimental Range, Agricultural Research Service, Las Cruces, N.M., with a sub hub in Davis, Calif.


 

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