FarmLink is now a member of the California Climate and Agriculture Network to help realize the powerful climate solutions offered by sustainable and organic agriculture. FarmLink looks forward to being part of CalCAN’s great work. Learn more at http://calclimateag.org/
When you think about worldwide warming, you could imagine remarkable scenes like cyclones and melting glaciers. The truth is that something as commonplace as agriculture is currently revealing indicators of the results of worldwide warming.
Some research studies show that the news of global warming is not all negative for farming, a minimum of not in the short run. While people have altered several ecological factors by their activities, the short-term effects of these changes frequently lead to far better plants.
Temperature levels obviously increase since of worldwide warming. This has some short-lived advantages. For some time, it will just mean even more time for crops to mature due to a much longer growing period. This is particularly real of regions where the springtime and fall were when rather amazing.
On the other hand, these greater temperatures can bring problems in various other locations. In regions that are currently cozy, global warming will cause the plants to waste away in the warmth. Soil evaporation prices will certainly be really high, leaving extremely dry earth. Add to that, droughts that will certainly make both the air as well as the soil completely dry as well as may also bring about burning of some plants.
International warming makes certain to cause changes in precipitation. This will cause modifications in the soil dampness. Specifically with the extreme weather condition forecasted with worldwide warming, rain will certainly boil down hard when it does come. This will certainly bring about more than normal soil erosion. These aspects greatly influence farming.
Oddly enough, all the added co2 in the air that causes international warming likewise has a fertilizing affect on crops. This type of fertilization is most useful for crops such as wheat, soybeans, and rice. CARBON DIOXIDE fertilizing is a helpful by-product to international warming.
Nevertheless, this advantage could all be in vain. When international warming pushes ground level ozone to greater stages, the co2 fertilizing is invalidated out by tropospheric ozone. These ozone levels are affected by both exhausts as well as temperature level. The result is that when the environment modifications, the ground ozone levels will rise.
There have always been several barriers to farming. Worldwide warming just makes them a lot more intense. Now, it is much more likely that a farmer will encounter droughts, floods, heat waves, and cyclones, to name a few. They will be harder to overcome than before and they will absolutely be much less rare.
The total forecasts for the US are neither all bad nor all excellent. Plants are anticipated to benefit from the results of global warming in lots of regions for some time. In some locations, though, plants will experience as a result of local variants.
The Great Plains are now extra at risk to drought, thanks to global warming. However, Canada will possibly benefit from the added warmth as farming will certainly take a Northward change.
Currently, and in the close to future, worldwide warming does not seem to be an extremely harmful situation for North American farmers. There may even be some favorable results. Nevertheless, over time, nothing will have the ability to minimize the damages that will be triggered by global warming if it is not quit.
Great news for California’s new “Healthy Soils Program” out of Sacramento this morning! Congratulations to all our colleagues, particularly California Climate and Agriculture Network who helped lead the charge.
Some exciting news to share — a hard-won victory in the California legislature late last night!
We crunched the numbers on California’s important on-farm water & climate program. Here’s what we found.
Great news!! Over $5 million of Water Bond dollars to be spent on much-needed ground-level training and demonstration projects for water use efficiency. Many thanks to the staff at California Department of Water Resources for hearing our feedback on the program.
Read more: http://calclimateag.org/water-bond-funds-to-support-irrigation-training-soil-water-demonstrations-and-sweep-technical-assistance/
Among the all-stars to be funded for these exciting projects: California Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Resource Conservation District of Tehama County, Resource Conservation District of Monterey County, Sonoma Ecology Center, SIP Certified
There is no other term for it, but OUTRAGEOUS!!! Monsanto Company sold a new soy bean seed engineered to resist the impact of a powerful herbicide not yet legal to use, called dicamba. Farmers in Arkansa and Missouri used the seed and then sprayed dicamba and it has caused extensive damage to farmers on adjoining lands who did not use the new genetically modified seed. The harmed farmers are crying foul to their Commissioners of Agriculture, but the fines for violation are so low they are not stopping the offending farmers from using the herbicide. Monsanto is saying they told farmers not to use dicamba, but wanted the farmers to have other traits engineered into their new seed. Despite the claim of good intention, it appears to us that corporate greed and a disregard for the needs of others is at work here. We hope there is a major price to pay by Monsanto, which is a company that never seems to care what the world thinks of it. It reveals the arrogance that emerges from a culture in which profits trump all other values, including the rule of law.
March Against Monsanto Occupy Monsanto Soil Not Oil Coalition Soil Association Civil Eats Friends of the Earth U.S. NRDC Food & Sustainable Agriculture Ewg Union of Concerned Scientists National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) Slow Food Russian River Slow Food USA
Slow Food Denver Slow Food California California Climate and Agriculture Network The Farmers Guild
Check this out: National Farmers Union has just released a new set of resources, blogs and social groups devoted to recognizing the impacts of climate change and discussing the ways agriculture can play a part in mitigating those impacts.
Join in the conversation by joining the NFU Climate Leaders Facebook group (http://bit.ly/2a8whC9), signing up for the email list (http://bit.ly/2a09QLP), and visiting the NFU website (http://nfu.org/climateleaders).
AFT will be co-presenting with California Climate and Agriculture Network on the importance of conserving farmland for meeting California’s climate goals on Friday, August 5th at the 2016 Soil Not Oil International Conference in Richmond, CA. We hope to see you there!
You can read some of our research here: