Feeding the planet under climate change and the uncertainty about future impacts on agricultural production is a compelling policy issue. Interpreting public opinion is critical for effective policy formulation and decision making. Most climate change public opinion surveys focus on generic issues such as belief in climate change or concern about its overall impacts (Capstick et al., 2015), instead of issues specific to particular economic sectors, such as agriculture. The generic belief,... read more

Montana agriculture losses to climate change could total $736 million a year, estimates an economic study prepared for Montana Farmers Union.

Warmer temperatures and drier summers are withering the future of Montana spring wheat, a major cash crop for state farmers, according to the report released Wednesday.

Over time, those changing conditions will cost the state $372 million on labor earnings due to 12,167 jobs lost to declined production. Range land losses due to dry... read more

The Second European Rural Parliament, held in Austria in November 2015, was attended by 240 delegates from 40 European countries. This manifesto outlines the aspirations, commitments and demands of rural people, as informed by meetings during the 2015 European Rural Parliament campaign. 

"Equality in the Countryside: A Rural Manifesto for the Parliamentary Opposition" is an effort of The Land magazine, The Landworkers' Alliance and the Family Farmers' Association. This document provides policy objectives to reduce inequality in rural Europe. The document is broken up into the following sections: 

  • Access to Land
  • Agriculture
  • Housing
  • Energy
  • Environmental Protection
  • Employment
  • Education
  • ... read more

MORRIS — Morris will be partnering with a sister city in Germany to learn more about community-level renewable energy projects.

On Tuesday, the Morris City Council approved a Climate Protection Partnership Agreement with Saerbeck, Germany, a city of about 7,200 people in North Rhine-Westphalia. 

The agreement was officially signed by Mayor Sheldon Giese in a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 16 in Minneapolis and is part of a larger program connecting... read more

UMM News Service

Iowa City — NEGOTIATORS en route to the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris, scheduled to begin later this month, should take a detour on rural roads here in Johnson County. A new climate narrative is emerging among farmers in the American heartland that transcends a lot of the old story lines of denial and cynicism, and offers an updated tale of climate hope.

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Carl Wycoff

Reprinted from the Daily Yonder

The Department of Agriculture asked private philanthropy to invest more in rural America. "Unfortunately, tragically," philanthropy has done less, Secretary Tom Vilsack tells the Rural Assembly. Opportunities abound in rural communities, and advocates need to be talking about them, he says.

Tom Vilsack didn’t pull out... read more

Daily Yonder

Rural communities are particularly vulnerable to climate change, as they are often directly linked to natural resources for their economic, social and environmental well-being. Rural communities are also essential to developing solutions to climate change, including energy, food and fiber production. Rural America’s unique vulnerability to climate change paired with the potential role it could play in addressing climate change makes it clear that climate policy should be deeply inclusive of... read more

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The intent of this working document is to describe climate change concerns specific to rural communities in the United States and identify policy approaches that are supportive of on-the-ground solutions. It reflects ideas and input from Rural Climate Network member organizations and other rural organizations, leaders and experts in the U.S. This is a starting point; additional input, perspectives and policy solutions are welcomed, as are questions, inquiries and endorsements. For more... read more

"The mission of the Risky Business Project is to quantify the economic risks to the U.S. from unmitigated climate change. This follow-up report focuses on the Southeast and Texas and offers a first step toward defining the range of potential economic consequences to this specific region if we continue on our current greenhouse gas emissions pathway. Our research combines state-of-the-art climate science projections through... read more