Vilsack Warns of Climate Change

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently made a statement warning farmers about the looming dangers of global climate change, hoping that major transitions now could translate into major gains in the future.
For the past few years, farm organizations and international environemtal groups have warned about the dangers posed by climate change. A number of United Nations agriculture organizations, for example, have released a series of reports warning Wesern farmers that sa transition to sustainable agriculture may be necessary to prevent international famine and food instability.
Vilsack’s talk focused on the damage done by the unpredictable weather facing farmers for the past year. Last year’s devastating summer drought, for example, along with late-season hurricanes and tornadoes across the East Coast and the Midwest have severely damaged farm production.
If those climatological trends continue, farmers may find it increasingly harder to deliver consistent profits year after year.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer