Q&A: Assessing the effects of climate change on U.S. agriculture
The federal government released the National Climate Assessment report today, a comprehensive look at the country’s current and future climate challenges. The wide ranging study includes work by more than 300 experts and over a dozen federal agencies. It also examines the effects of climate change on different regions of the U.S. and across key sectors like human health, water and ecosystems.
For more on what the report says about the role of climate change in domestic agriculture, FSRN spoke with Dr. Jerry Hatfield, director of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Ames, Iowa, and one of the lead authors of the National Climate Assessment report’s chapter on agriculture.
Image: Screenshot of a map in the National Climate Assessment report’s chapter on agriculture