Climate News

New Year, New Common Sense Approach to Climate Change

Our nation spent nearly $7 billion responding to extreme weather in 2013. Events that endanger livelihoods nationally, and especially in rural and small town America. These destructive storms, devastating droughts, dangerous flooding and paralyzing winter weather highlight the need for action. We must confront threats that climate shifts pose to rural communities, and the nation.

Farmers and Ranchers are on the Front Lines of Climate Change

My favorite part of my job at the Center for Rural Affairs is talking to rural people about issues that impact their lives. Sometimes these issues are less controversial, like encouraging young people and minorities to get started in farming, or providing assistance to disabled veterans who are rebuilding their lives in small towns with second careers in agriculture.

These are the easy conversations, ones that make you feel warm and fuzzy and inspire me to keep going as an organizer.

Stewardship & Climate Change

No one would call farmer, former Illinois Farm Bureau leader, and Bush Administration appointee Leland Strom an environmental wacko. But Farm Credit Administration head Strom says agriculture should not dismiss climate change as “climatologists trying to scare the populace.” Citing the crop damage from extreme weather, he said, “Let’s engage in laying out a plan” to deal with it.

The scientific evidence is mounting that greenhouse gas emissions are contributing to rising temperatures and more extreme weather.

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