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The USDA Climate Hubs were established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2014 in response to then President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The creation of the ten regional Climate Hubs recognizes that climate change affects different parts of the country in distinct ways.
Each Climate Hub is tasked with addressing the unique climate challenges and opportunities of its region, while also working with other regional Climate Hubs to develop and share information. Together, the Climate Hubs embody a collaborative effort across various USDA mission areas and agencies, including the Forest Service, the Agricultural Research Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and others, working together as “OneUSDA.”
About the USDA Northeast Climate Hub
The USDA Northeast Climate Hub region includes the twelve Northeastern States plus the District of Columbia. The mission of the USDA Northeast Climate Hub is to develop and deliver science-based, region-specific information and technologies, with USDA agencies and partners, to agricultural and natural resource managers that enable climate-informed decision-making, and to provide access to assistance to implement those decisions. This is in alignment with the USDA mission to provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management. To achieve this mission, we partner throughout USDA, with universities, non-profit organizations, and state and private partners, as well as with tribes, and federal, state, and local organizations. Our team includes a Director, Coordinator, Digital Content Manager, five Co-leads, four post-doctoral fellows, professional staff, and many collaborators. Together our collective aim is to connect stakeholders to climate-related resources, and to fill-in information gaps where needed. We currently have close to two dozen active projects that focus on various areas such as agriculture, forestry, weather/climate, agroforestry, climate education, and climate equity.
About the Northeast Region
The Northeast is a diverse and complex agricultural region. Production is varied with vegetables, horticulture, fruit production, and specialty crops as well as dairy, poultry, and field and grain crops. While the Northeast includes the seven most densely populated states, it is also the most heavily forested region of the country. Farmers, foresters, and other landowners in the Northeast are already feeling the pressures of a changing climate and increasing weather variability. In recent years the Northeast has experienced large increases in the frequency and intensity of heavy rains, more so than any other part of the country. Winter temperatures are also warming faster than any other season in the Northeast. These unusually warm winters are leading to early breaking of plant dormancy and increased freeze loses. Learn more about the climate impacts affecting the region and the management actions and resources available.
Partner with Us
Partnerships are critical to realizing the USDA Northeast Climate Hub’s mission. We seek to engage with partners in the Northeast region to further collaborative efforts towards connecting stakeholders to climate-related resources, and we invite your ideas for consideration. Opportunities include funding partnership projects through joint venture agreements, engaging on grant proposals, or other cooperative efforts. All products that result from a collaboration with the Northeast Climate Hub must be free and available to the public. We strive to create content that is useful, and inclusive of the widest possible reach of end-users. We partner throughout USDA, with universities, non-profit organizations, and state and private partners, as well as with tribes, and federal, state, and local organizations. No matter where you work, the USDA Northeast Hub is interested in hearing from and engaging with you.