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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced February 5th the creation of the first ever Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change at seven locations around the country.
The "climate hubs" will address increasing risks such as fires, invasive pests, floods and drought on a regional basis, aiming to translate science and research into information to farmers, ranchers and forestland owners on ways to adapt and adjust their resource management.
"For generations, America's farmers, ranchers and forest landowners have innovated and adapted to challenges. Today, they face a new and more complex threat in the form of a changing and shifting climate, which impacts both our nation's forests and our farmers' bottom lines," said Vilsack. "USDA's climate hubs are part of our broad commitment to developing the next generation of climate solutions, so that our agricultural leaders have the modern technologies and tools they need to adapt and succeed in the face of a changing climate."