25 x ’25 Launches Climate Change Adaptation Work Group
(25 x ’25) The effects of changing weather and climate present new challenges for farms, forests, and ranches which in 2009 had a combined value of $645 billion and generated over $1.2 trillion in related economic activity. Though the causes of climate change are widely debated, weather and climate related impacts will need to be addressed in order for these sectors to help meet the 25x’25 goal, as well as the food, feed, fiber, and fuel needs of a world population that is projected to rise from 7 billion today to over 9 billion people by 2050.
Recognizing this, the 25x’25 Steering Committee has formed an Adaptation Work Group, an expert panel of highly qualified and respected agriculture, forestry, conservation, business, and academic leaders. Their mission is to examine the anticipated impacts of changing weather and climate and develop a prioritized set of recommendations to help producers and land managers adapt to changing conditions. These findings will then be used to facilitate 25x’25 partner conversations around the affects of climate change and the adaptation strategies needed to minimize negative impacts and meet future food, feed, fiber and energy production goals.
As part of the project’s first phase, the work group examined peer reviewed scientific studies and reports on this subject and synthesized their findings in a background brief entitled: “Agriculture and Forestry in a Changing Climate: The Road Ahead.”
25x’25 would like your input for its Adaptation Initiative which will explore how changes in weather and climate will impact the agriculture and forestry sectors and provide recommendations on steps that farmers, foresters, and ranchers as well as government agencies, universities, and business partners can take to adapt to them. Access Survey READ MORE and MORE