25x'25 supports maintaining a federal crop insurance program and relief programs for victims of natural disasters. In the report, they call on policy makers and private businesses to provide funding adaptation measures, including low-interest, revolving loans.
Technology will also be a factor in mitigating risk, and new tools such as smartphone apps may be a big piece of the puzzle. These apps will improve information gathering and dialogues, and serve as a supplement to producer-centered discussions that connect producers in areas experiencing changing conditions with those already accustomed to addressing similar challenges.
The report said there must also be ongoing dialogue between scientists, policymakers, and agricultural organizations, and that producers and trade associations must be involved in research decisions and implementation.
"Adaptation strategies come in many different forms, but typically fall into three major categories: actions to increase resistance to changes in climate in order to maintain existing practices; actions to improve resilience by investing in steps that preempt disasters and restore systems in the wake of them; and actions to transform operations," said Chuck Rice, Kansas State University Distinguished Professor and professor of soil microbiology in a press statement.
Rice noted the strategies in the report "are designed to reflect this range of activities."
Yoder said the release of the report is only a single step in a continuing process, calling on all stakeholders to offer feedback on the types of adaptation measures needed to enable producers to succeed in the context of a changing climate.
He said that through 2014, 25x'25 will be supporting project outreach partners such as the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association and other producer groups by offering presentations, workshops, webinars and additional forums to generate dialogue improve understanding of coming challenges.
"The Adaptation Work Group believes that with forethought, leaders and the right priorities, our nation's agriculture and forestry systems cannot only meet future challenges, but thrive in the midst of them," Yoder said.
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