Climate Indicators for Agriculture

The USDA report described five indicator categories to assess the impacts of climate change on agriculture, including physical, crop and livestock, biological, phenological and socioeconomic. This report presents climate change indicators for terrestrial production agriculture across the United States. Its scope includes commodity and specialty crops, as well as animal agriculture. Indicators have been selected to represent a breadth of production systems across the country—they are not intended to provide a comprehensive description of the influence of climate change on any single production system. The intention is rather to provide a broad overview of changes relevant to a range of production types and to illustrate how indicators may be useful for decision-making in different production systems.

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