The launch of the Rural Climate Network comes at a pivotal time. With the recent government shutdown, ongoing political stalemate, the lack of a Farm Bill and lagging public confidence in our government by citizens of all political stripes, on-the-ground action on climate change adaptation and mitigation has never been more critical.

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A recent article by Peter Baker at the Ecologist discusses risk and uncertainty in modern day agriculture. As we all know, there is no simple solution to the problems farmers currently face as a result of climate change. Baker calls for complexity and diverse approaches, and highlights the criticality of rural renewal. 

The Forest Guild is collaborating with a broad array of partners on a Collaborative Forest Restoration Program project for the Rio Trampas Watershed in Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Since 2007 the Forest Guild has been working with the Camino Real District of the Carson National Forest, the Taos Field Office of the Bureau of Land Mangaement, Chimayo Conservation Corps and others on forest restoration of pinyon-juniper woodlands and ponderosa pine forests. During that time additional... read more

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This fact sheet details the Main Street Project's work to create a more sustainable food and agriculture system. By creating a support system for new farmers rooted in sustainable agriculture, the Main Street Project is creating a foundation for a resilient food system that helps mitigate climate change rather than contribute to it. From the Main Street Project's website: 

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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. 

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan was presented in summer 2013 to outline the administration’s goals to cut carbon pollution in America, prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to combat climate change and prepare for its impacts. This document addresses policy solutions that may be employed and provides the reader with a direction of where U.S. climate policy might be headed.

The climate is changing at a quickening pace as a direct result of human activities. Our actions cause increasing amounts of atmospheric greenhouse gases that trap solar energy, driving increasingly severe and frequent heat waves, droughts and strong storms.Agriculture contributes a relatively small portion of overall US greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing agricultural emissions will be beneficial, but the greater opportunity to use agriculture to mitigate climate change lies in the... read more

The electric power transmission network was not designed to penetrate lightly populated regions of the Upper Midwest and Great Plains, a region brimming with wind energy potential.  Instead, our grid was designed to connect large, individual generating units with discreet population centers. It is abundantly clear that those states with the greatest wind resources – and therefore the greatest development potential – are leaving a lot on the table when it comes to economic development and... read more

This report, published by the USDA in 2013, is a comprehensive guide on climate and agriculture in the U.S. It provides background on U.S. agriculture and the challenges of a changing climate, the effects that climate change may have on agricultural production and economics, and clear guidelines for adapting to climate change. 

This paper summarizes the current and emerging threats to California farmland and illustrates the role agricultural land can play in mitigating and adapting to climate change. It goes on to outline the limits of current farmland protection policies and programs for preventing urban sprawl, and concludes with a set of policy recommendations for protecting California farmland and the climate in the 21st century.