Discussions about climate change often lead to how agriculture is a major contributor of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. It is also true that agricultural communities are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, as they are often those most closely linked to natural ecosystems for their economic, social and environmental well-being. The challenge is to find practical strategies to adapt to and mitigate the current and anticipated effects of climate change. Our upcoming... read more
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Carbon markets and cap-and-trade programs are increasingly being used as a mechanism to mitigate climate change by reducing net greenhouse gas emissions. In the U.S., there are already two large carbon markets in play—one in California, and one in the Northeast. There will likely be an expansion of U.S. carbon markets in the coming years as the Clean Power Plan is implemented. Internationally, the European Union has the world’s largest carbon market, and the United Nations has outlined rules... read more
Matt Russell is a 5th generation farmer based in Lacona, Iowa, where he raises organic cattle and produces eggs, poultry and produce. He is the State Food Policy Project Coordinator at Drake University Agricultural Law School in Des Moines. Photos of weather impacts on Iowa farms courtesy of Drake Larson of Practical Farmers of Iowa. Videography by Andre Dahlman.
Get to know some Niman Ranch farmers in this new video.
Neil Young discusses family farmers and how they are the first line of defense against climate change. This clip is from the press event held before the Farm Aid concert in Saratoga Springs, NY on September 21, 2013. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers.
Knowing that Sustainable Northwest helped initiate the Rural Climate Network, what do you see as some primary goals of this network? Like any really difficult problem, climate change is going to require an “all hands on deck” approach. Most importantly, responses have to come from the ground up if they are going to be enduring. We’re talking about an issue that’s simply too significant and personal for a response that is determined by a select number of individuals taking a distant top-down... read more
On a visit to Josh and Sally Reinitz' East Henderson Farm, Josh, SFA's state board treasurer, talks about the importance of SFA and its role in sustainable agriculture in the Upper Midwest.
In North Dakota, Dakota Resource Council's members are protecting their water, land, communities, and families from the harmful effects of the oil boom in the Bakken region of northwest North Dakota.
Ohio farmer David Brandt has received considerable press regarding his use of cover crops and other conservation practices that have helped him to build significant levels of soil organic matter (SOM) while radically reducing fossil fuel and other off-farm inputs. To hear him talk about his operation in his own words, you can watch this video.
The fifth and final video in IATP's "Climate, agriculture and resilience" series follows farmer Tom Nuessmeier from La Sueur, Minnesota. Even as markets and farm policy encourage monocropping for maximum profit, Nuessmeier Farm is taking the long view on climate change. His 200-acre organic farm — producing farrow-to-finish hogs, corn, soy, oats, winter grains and alfalfa — is a rarity in its diversity and size, especially today.