The climate in the Northeast U.S. has been changing. Winters have been getting warmer and heavy rainstorms are becoming much more common. See what these changes mean to agriculture in the Northeast.
Many farmers are feeling that seasons have shifted, and weather station data shows this to be true. The latest climate models suggest that these changes are likely to continue. But there are many actions farmers and forest landowners in the Northeast can take to lessen the impact – or even take advantage of – these climate trends. Northeast Climate Hub partners have published two new studies exploring how a changing climate is affecting regional crops and livestock. Hear the lead authors of these studies highlight species or production systems that might be particularly vulnerable to changing conditions. They also include practical actions one can take to reduce the harmful aspects of some of these changes. David Wolfe, Professor of Plant and Soil Ecology at Cornell, led the crop study while Alexander Hristov, Professor of Dairy Nutrition at Penn State, led the related livestock assessment.