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New “Climate Hubs” To Help Farmers Adapt to Extremes

By Fredrica Syren:

The White House has promised to take executive actions to fight climate change. One example is the announced formation of a “climate hubs.” This initiative aims to help farmers and rural communities adapt to fires, droughts, floods, invasive pests and other effects of climate change, according to scientists.

According to the initiative, which environmentalists praised, the global hubs will act as information centers. The data from them can helptractors-farming-australia-generic farmers and ranchers find ways to prepare for potential threats to their crops and livestock due to severe weather caused by global warming. One example, higher nighttime temperatures can affect plant development at a critical stage of the growth cycle. Another is that the lack of snow in the West can affect the availability of water for irrigation during the growing season. Armed with information provided from the hubs, for example, wheat farmers could then select more resilient seeds that are more likely to survive predicted conditions.

They will also coordinate resources through federal and state governments, universities and non-governmental agencies. The hubs will be located in Ames, Iowa; Durham, New Hampshire; Raleigh, North Carolina; Fort Collins, Colorado; El Reno, Oklahoma; Corvallis, Oregon; and Las Cruces, New Mexico. There also will be sub hubs in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico; Davis, California; and Houghton, Michigan.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the effects of climate change are huge and expensive. For instance, droughts from 2011-2013 alone have cost the U.S. $50 billion. Global warming has led to a longer crop-growing season in the Midwest, and to a fire season that is 60 days longer than it was three decades ago.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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