USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map: The new Plant Hardiness Zone Map was updated in 2012 by the Agricultural
Research Service in Washington, D.C. and Ames, Iowa, reflecting northward warming trends, and provides
important guidelines for all growers. The plant hardiness zone designations are one of the components USDA
Risk Management uses in setting crop insurance standards.
USDA Regional Climate Hubs: USDA’s regional hubs will deliver information to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help them adapt to climate change and weather variability. The Hubs will build capacity within USDA to provide information and guidance on technologies and risk management practices at regional and local scales.