Rural Climate Policy Priorities

The intent of this working document is to describe climate change concerns specific to rural communities in the United States and identify...

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Polytunnels, such as high or low tunnels, offer growers innovative tools to extend the growing season, help reduce risk, and increase yields, while mitigating extreme and “normal” Kansas weather conditions across all seasons. However, plastic-covered tunnels are no silver-bullet solution. They require significant financial investment, can be labor intensive to manage, and may be damaged or destroyed by extreme weather such as high winds, heavy snow, or hail.

Growing Under Cover: Guide to Polytunnel Options for Kansas Growers, written by Dan Phelps, researcher & educator for KRC’s specialty crop programs, reflects input from... read more

Kate Gordon, the Senior Vice President and Director of Energy and Climate at Next Generation, joined Rural Climate Network members for a call in March 2015. She serves as the Senior Advisor to the Risky Business Project, an initiative to quantify and publicize the economic risks of climate change. On the call, she spoke about the findings of the Risky Business report as they specifically pertain to the Midwest. Attached is her presentation.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2015

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that rural agricultural producers and small business owners can now apply for resources to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. These efforts help farmers, ranchers and other small business owners save money on their energy bills, reduce America's dependence on foreign oil, support America's clean energy economy, and cut carbon pollution. The resources announced today are made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill.

"Developing renewable energy presents an enormous economic opportunity for rural America,"... read more

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The Interior Department is making $8 million available for American Indian and Alaska Native communities to adapt to and plan for the expected effects of climate change. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the funding on a trip to Alaska, where she toured some Alaska Native communities that are threatened by rising sea levels and coastal changes.

“Sea level rise, coastal erosion, drought and more frequent and severe weather events are impacting Alaska Native villages and American Indian tribal communities across the nation,” Jewell said in a statement.

“This funding can help tribes prepare and plan for climate-related... read more

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