University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

Farming & Climate Change

Weeds in the Riparian Zone Post Irene

In a changing climate, the Northeast faces the likelihood of increased annual precipitation, more extreme storms, warming temperatures, and at the same time, more common drought periods. To be sustainable, agriculture will need to be able to remain productive and profitable, with a minimal environmental impact, in the face of this ever-increasing climate uncertainty.

The mission of the farming and climate change program is to:
1) provide technical assistance to farmers, agricultural service providers, and policy-makers regarding sustainable strategies for adapting to, and mitigating the impact of, climate change, and

2) seek innovative and effective research-based solutions to climate-related challenges facing the region's agriculture.

To meet that mission, we strive to provide educational opportunities and consultation to producers and other stakeholders, be a resource hub and knowledge outlet for research-based information, work closely with state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations, and perform relevant applied research.

Current research topics of particular interest include:

  • Increasing resiliency of farming systems to moisture extremes
  • Reducing soil and nutrient loss during intense storms
  • Reducing negative impacts of flooding in farmed floodplain/riparian areas
  • Subsurface drainage management and its impact on flooding and water quality
  • Distributed on-farm watershed storage approaches for flood and drought risk mitigation
  • Innovative uses of various biomass materials for livestock heavy-use areas
  • For more information about the development of the Center's Farming & Climate Change program, contact: