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Agricultural Adaptation to a Changing Climate: Economic and Environmental Implications Vary by U.S. Region

This 84-page report by the USDA ARS (Malcome et al, 2012) discusses the economic impacts of a changing climate on agriculture. Abstract: Study findings suggest that, while impacts are highly sensitive to uncertain climate projections, farmers have considerable flexibility to adapt to changes in local weather, resource conditions, and price signals by adjusting crops, rotations, and production practices. Such adaptation, using existing crop production technologies, can partially mitigate the impacts of climate change on national agricultural markets. Adaptive redistribution of production, however, may have significant implications for both regional land use and environmental quality.

Format: Factsheet or Publication - Reference: Malcolm et al. 2012. USDA ERS Report #136

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