This Yale Climate Connections article discusses Farm Bureau shows little concern about climate change ag effects. Down on the farm, farmers face challenges of changing climate … but little concern from their national trade group.
Those of us who don’t grow our own food may lose sight of how much risk is involved in agriculture. But the recent floods in the Midwest are just the latest reminder that farming can be a precarious occupation in times of climate change, with its unpredictable and sometimes downright wild weather.
Too little water or too much, days too hot or too cold, unexpected shifts in the timing of all these things: any such disruption can put farmers in trouble. As the headline of a worthwhile overview story in The Guardian puts it, “As Climate Change Bites in America’s Midwest, Farmers are Desperate to Ring the Alarm.”