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Climate Change Impacts on Agricultural Production

Rangeland cowClimate change and climate variability present a challenge to ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable land management. Drought, floods, and temperature fluctuations due to climate change can directly affect agricultural operations through damage to crops and livestock. Indirect effects of climate change include higher soil erosion rates, more invasive species, and changes in soil and vegetative relationships. Climate change, much like climate variability, will likely have significant regional differences, and the consequences of these changes will not be spread evenly, or even in the same manner, across the planet. Therefore, regionally and locally unique solutions for adapting to these changes will need to be developed.

Image on left: Photo courtesy of USDA-NRCS

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