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Best practices and research on adaptation to climate change is constantly evolving and there are numerous resources online and held in the experiences of farmers who are adapting every day. Cornell’s Climate-smart Farming program identified the following six areas as key strategies for adapting farms to increasing temperatures, increasing precipitation variability and extremes and other impacts, found here. CISA has curated several resources in each area however we recommend that farmers conduct their own research as well.
Enhancing soil health through adaptive management practices is a key component of farm and food system resilience. The resources shared here can guide you to specific practices as well as put you in contact with organizations and programs focused on soil health and climate.
In Massachusetts, climate change is marked not only by higher temperatures but also by unpredictable swings between too much and too little precipitation. The resources listed here will help farmers learn about the efficient use and management of water resources as well as how to respond to flooding and other impacts of increased rainfall.
Farm diversification runs from new enterprises such as agritourism or a farm stand to value-added products or new varieties of crops adapted to a changing climate.The resources listed here can help farms consider different options for diversifying their farms and increasing their resiliency in the face of rapid changes.
As the climate changes, livestock management must change as well. From chickens to cattle, there are many adaptive practices for your livestock operation and the resources listed below provide a look at just a few.
Climate change impacts all part of society and each aspect of your farm’s operation. The planning and management tools listed here can help you approach climate change adaptation from a comprehensive perspective and planning process.
For more information about CISA’s Climate Program, contact Stephen Taranto at email@example.com or 413-665-7100, ext. 17.