Climate Change to Bring Storm to US Livestock

WASHINGTON, US - A new report released yesterday has signalled dangers posed to the US livestock industry if climate change continues to wreak havoc on weather, land resources and biodiversity across the globe.
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The U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) released the report entitled: "Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.3 (SAP 4.3): The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity in the United States."

"The report issued today provides practical information that will help land owners and resource managers make better decisions to address the risks of climate change," said Agriculture Chief Economist Joe Glauber.

"Hotter temperatures will also result in reduced productivity of livestock and dairy animals."
Taken from the U.S. Climate Change Science Program report.

The report finds that climate change is already affecting U.S. water resources, agriculture, land resources, and biodiversity, and will continue to do so.

According to the report, the higher temperatures that are predicted will negatively affect livestock. It says that warmer winters will reduce mortality but this will be more than offset by greater mortality in hotter summers. "Hotter temperatures will also result in reduced productivity of livestock and dairy animals."

Much of the United States has experienced higher precipitation and streamflow, with decreased drought severity and duration, over the 20th century. The West and Southwest, however, are notable exceptions, and increased drought conditions have occurred in these regions.

USDA agencies are responding to the risks of climate change. For example, the Forest Service is incorporating climate change risks into National Forest Management Plans and is providing guidance to forest managers on how to respond and adapt to climate change. The Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Services Agency are encouraging actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration through conservation programs. USDA's Risk Management Agency has prepared tools to manage drought risks and is conducting an assessment of the risks of climate change on the crop insurance program.

Further Reading

More information - You can view the full report by clicking here.
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