Farming & Climate Change

Weeds in the Riparian Zone Post Irene

Climate change in the Northeast means that agriculture has been, and will be, facing multiple challenges that will require adaptation of our region's farms and farmers. Resilient systems will be critical to maintaining economic and environmental sustainability in the face of increased precipitation, more extreme storms, and warming temperatures. Successful agricultural adaptations will involve both straight-forward and more creative solutions, including:

In addition to adaptation, agriculture has tremendous potential to help mitigate climate change through reduced greenhouse gas emissions and increased carbon storage in soils. The Farming and Climate Change Program is interested in investigating practices that lead to these benefits and how they can be integrated into Northeastern agriculture.

The goals of the farming and climate change program are to:

  1. educate and 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 farms and farmers.

To meet these goals, we provide educational opportunities and consultation to producers and other stakeholders, serve as a resource hub and knowledge outlet for research-based information, work closely with state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations, and perform applied research that can be put to use on the region's farms.

Current research topics of particular interest include:

For more information about the above topics or to connect regarding technical assistance, contact: