Arkansas Farmers Face New Challenges with Climate Change

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released last month a report outlining the challenges climate change poses to agriculture in the U.S. That report used the word “adaptation” 714 times, “adapt” 56 times and “adapting” 27 times.

Climate change will hurt crops and livestock, the 193-page report, “Climate Change & Agriculture in the United States: Effects & Adaptation,” said in its executive summary.

Specifically: “The continued degree of change in the climate by midcentury and beyond is expected to have overall detrimental effects on most crops and livestock.”

Marty Matlock, for one, thinks the “tipping point,” “paradigm shift” or some such other change in the consensus about the climate and agriculture has tipped or shifted or otherwise changed. Matlock thinks that farmers accept the notion that climate change is real, that the world has warmed, precipitating “wetter wets, dryer dries, warmer warms, colder colds.” Click here to read the full story from our partners at