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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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, awareness, or concern related to climate change may not be a comprehensive predictor of the support for adaptation policies, as support may vary across... 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 conditions and changing plant life, will cut labor earnings related to cattle production by $364 million, and job losses similar to those for grain.

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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
  • Transport

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