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Organized by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub, the creation of this factsheet series was a collaborative effort from partners and experts across the Northeast. Use these attractive, easy to read resources to learn about the general benefits, considerations, methods, and go-to resources suggested from our region's experts for making sure you're ready for the impacts of a changing climate.

 

 

Cover Cropping to Improve Climate Resilience

Is your field 'covered' from climate impacts? Heavy rains are becoming more frequent across the Northeastern United States and increasing soil erosion and nutrient runoff problems. Wetter weather in the spring and fall is reducing the number of days that fields can be worked. Managing a continuous cover of plants can improve soil health and prevent erosion. Uncover the benefits, considerations, methods and resources to get started.

 

 

Managing Grazing to Improve Climate Resilience

Heavy rain events have increased dramatically in the Northeastern United States. These downpours are causing more soil erosion and nutrient runoff. Consider adapting to these climate trends on your farm by using a rotational stocking system. A rotational stocking system controls the timing and intensity of grazing by rotating animals among paddocks. This gives pastures sufficient time for rest and regrowth.

 

 

Weather and Climate Considerations: Dairy

How does the changing climate impact dairy operations, and what can dairy farmers do to adapt? Pasture production will likely change. Summer production might decrease due to more heat and drought stress, while cool season winter pasture production may see increases due to warmer and wetter winters. In the Northeast, opportunities to extend the grazing season will increase.