The Southern Plains Regional Climate Hub is part of an effort within the USDA to deliver science-based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help them adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Scientists from the Agricultural Research Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Forest Service are collaborating with scientists from other federal agencies to build regional "hubs" to provide useful information. Activities of the Climate Hubs will include:
Supporting USDA agriculture and land management program delivery by providing tools and strategies for climate change response to help producers cope with challenges associated with drought, heat stress, excessive moisture, longer growing seasons, and changes in pest pressure. The Hubs will also help develop partnerships and coordinate applied research.
Providing periodic regional assessments of risk and vulnerability in the production sector to contribute to the National Climate Assessment, and provide accessible regional data and interpret climate change forecasts for hazard and adaptation planning.
Providing outreach and extension to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners on science-based risk management and partnering with universities, Extension, and the private sector.
Want to Learn more about USDA's Climate Hubs?
Check out the National Hubs Website