Maintaining Agricultural Sustainability
(Climate Action Plan, p. 15.)
- The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to create seven new Regional Climate Hubs to deliver tailored, science-based knowledge to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners. The Regional Climate Hubs are to work with universities and other partners, including the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to support climate resilience.
- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the DOI Bureau of Reclamation are to provide grants and technical support to agricultural water users for more water-efficient practices in the face of drought and long-term climate change.
Implementation, Progress, and Outcomes
February 5, 2014: USDA announced the creation of seven Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change. The Hubs will work to make science and research accessible to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to help them adapt to the impacts of climate change and to mitigate risks such as fire, invasive pests, flooding, and drought. The Hubs will also provide public education, conduct regional climate risk and vulnerability assessments, and serve as climate data and information centers. The Hubs will be located at regional offices of the Forest Service (FS) and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). They will link a broad network of partners participating in climate risk adaptation and mitigation, including universities, nongovernmental organizations, federal agencies such as DOI and NOAA, Native Nations and organizations, state departments of environment and agriculture, research centers, and farm groups. Three of the Regional Hubs will be supported by Subsidiary Hubs (Sub Hubs) set up to address specific issues of particular concern within those regions. (See Press Release, USDA, Secretary Vilsack Announces Regional Hubs to Help Agriculture, Forestry Mitigate the Impacts of a Changing Climate (Feb. 5, 2014).)
The Northwest Regional Climate Hub, located at the Corvallis Forestry Sciences Laboratory, the FS Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis, Oregon, will serve Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
The Southwestern Regional Climate Hub, located at the Jornada Experimental Range, the ARS Rangeland Management Research Unit in Las Cruces, New Mexico, will serve Arizona, California, Hawai‘i, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. It will be supported by the Southwest Sub Hub in Davis, California, which will focus on specialty crops and Southwest forests.
The Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub, located at the Northern Plains Area, the ARS National Resources Research Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, will serve Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
The Southern Plains Regional Climate Hub, located at ARS’s Grazinglands Research Laboratory in El Reno, Oklahoma, will serve Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
The Midwest Regional Climate Hub, located at the ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, Iowa, will serve Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. It will be supported by the Midwest Sub Hub in Houghton, Michigan, which will focus on climate change and Lake State forests.
The Southeastern Regional Climate Hub, located at the ARS Southern Research Station in Raleigh, North Carolina, will serve Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. It will be supported by the Southeast Sub Hub in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, which will address issues important to the Caribbean.
The Northeastern Regional Climate Hub, located at the FS Northern Research Station in Durham, New Hampshire, will serve Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and West Virginia.
This page was last updated on Feb. 5, 2014.