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- The geographic diversity supports diverse and highly productive agriculture that creates thousands of jobs and contributes billions of dollars to each state’s economy.
- Climate change will impact agriculture, most notably by increasing temperatures which will decrease plant productivity, lengthen the growing season, and create more favorable conditions for pests.
- The timing, amount and form of precipitation will change with climate change, which will affect streamflow patterns and availability of water for irrigation.
- Many of these changes are already happening, and some have caused economic losses, but there are many adaptation options that can reduce the impacts of climate change.