New climate change report projects volatility for Midwestern agriculture

Rising temperatures and more extreme weather patterns projected in the federal government’s latest report on climate change would have serious consequences for the agriculture sector, taking a toll on an industry vital to Missouri.

“Rural communities, where livelihoods are more tightly interconnected with agriculture, are particularly vulnerable to the agricultural volatility related to climate,” according to the report’s chapter on agriculture.

The report, vetted by 13 federal agencies and released Friday, contains four headline projections about the effects of climate change on agriculture:

  • Reduced agricultural productivity
  • Degradation of soil and water
  • Health concerns for rural populations and livestock
  • Increased vulnerability for rural communities

Blake Hurst, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, called the report “pretty disturbing.”

“As farmers, we will do our best to adapt to changes in weather, as we always have,” Hurst said.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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