The Changing Climate from CIRB

Jamie Johansen

Evelyn Browning-Gariss, The Browning Newsletter, is a historical climatologist who advices the masses about what the coming season will bring. She has spent over 30 years explaining the impact of changing climate on economic and social trends. During last week’s Crop Insurance & Reinsurance Bureau’s annual meeting, Evelyn talked to attendees about what they can expect from a changing climate. …

Ag Group, Audio, CIRB, Climate Change, Farming, Insurance

New Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

The inaugural meeting of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture was held this week in conjunction with the UN Climate Summit in New York City. “I am glad to see action that will increase agricultural productivity, build resilience for farmers and reduce carbon emissions,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “These efforts will improve food and nutrition security for …

Climate Change, Corn, Farming, International, NCGA

Climate Alarmism Debunked

Chuck Zimmerman

The 9th International Conference on Climate Change in underway in Las Vegas and being live streamed. I watched the keynotes this morning and was fascinated. First up was Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace. His was the face you saw many years back leading the charge in the face of Russian whaling boats and more. But he says the organization …

Audio, Climate Change

AFBF Not Happy With Clean Power Plan

Joanna Schroeder

Last week the Environmental Protection Agency made history when it released its Clean Power Plan proposal – an attempt to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from utility plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The EPA already has other pollution regulations (greenhouse gas emissions) on the utility sector. According to the EPA, utility plants are the single largest source …

AFBF, Agribusiness, Climate Change, Energy, Environment

National APLU Report Outlines Research Challenges

Jamie Johansen

The national Association of Public and Land-grant Universities released a report outlining six “grand challenges” facing the United States over the next decade in the areas of sustainability water, climate change, agriculture, energy and education. The APLU project was co-chaired by W. Daniel Edge, head of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. The report is available …

Ag Group, Climate Change, Education, Energy, Environment, Sustainability

New Climate Report Findings

Jamie Johansen

The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) today released Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The 1,062-page report, published by The Heartland Institute, contains thousands of citations to peer-reviewed scientific literature — and concludes rising temperatures and atmospheric CO2 levels are causing “no net harm to the …

Ag Group, Climate Change, Environment

Corn Grower Voice on Climate Change

Cindy Zimmerman

The president of the National Corn Growers Association provided a voice for American farmers Monday at the Opening Ceremony for Climate Week NYC 2013 along with leaders from business and government all over the world. Iowa farmer Pam Johnson, who spoke alongside international notables including former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair, President of World Bank Jim Kim, U.S. Special …

Ag Group, Climate Change, Corn, NCGA

USDA Releases Climate Change & Ag Report

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a comprehensive report that synthesize the scientific literature on climate change effects and adaptation strategies for U.S. agriculture. The report, “Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation,” was created a an input to the National Climate Assessment with scientists from the federal service, universities, non-governmental organizations, industry, tribal …

Agribusiness, Audio, Climate Change, National Biodiesel Conference