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Regional Assessments

Regional Climate Assessments in the Midwest:

  • NEW! Midwest Climate and Specialty Crops Report Published! Specialty crop agriculture in the Midwest is an important and diverse industry, valued at $4.7 billion in 2012. The Midwest produces a wide variety of specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, greenhouse and nursery crops. While US agriculture has continually adapted to changing weather and climate conditions, the magnitude of future change is expected to pose increased challenges and new opportunities. 
  • The Midwest Climate Hub has published its regional vulnerability assessment which provides an introduction to the region, regional sensitivities and adaptation strategies for working lands, a greenhouse gas emissions profile with mitigation opportunities, and an overview of how partner USDA agencies are being affected by a changing climate. This vulnerability assessment is an important first step in establishing a baseline “snapshot” of current climate vulnerabilities, and provides region-specific adaptation and mitigation strategies to increase the resilience of working lands in the region.
  • The U.S. Global Change Research Program offers a scenario for climate assessment and adaptation in the Midwest. Trends, scenarios, and more information are online here

The Midwest Regional Climate Hub works to provide information to help producers cope with climate change through the innovative linkage of research to education and extension partnerships.