The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced plans to establish seven new regional climate hubs. The hubs will conduct research that aims to mitigate climate change’s effects on crop production, livestock, and forestland.

“The hubs will enable us to carry out regionally appropriate climate change risk and vulnerability assessments, and get data out to the field more quickly,” said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “Practically, the hubs will deal out advice to farmers and forest owners on ways to reduce risks and manage change.”

Some of the hubs will be established at existing USDA facilities. Land grant and public universities will join as partners. The hubs will be located in the Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, Northern Plains, Southern Plains, Pacific Northwest, and Southwest.

 


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