The 25x'25 Alliance, a group focused largely on securing renewable energy, said Tuesday that several factors will need to come together to maintain agricultural and forestry production as weather and climate patterns become increasingly unpredictable.
The equation to improve reaction to climate changes will include research, strong insurance programs, technology and dialogue between producers, policymakers and agricultural organizations.
"These are recommendations that mitigate risks posed by changes in our climate while strengthening production, cutting input costs and improving the quality of the land, even in the context of weather-related disasters like those experienced in 2011 and 2012," Work Group Chairman Fred Yoder said during a press call Tuesday.
The report detailing the recommendations was released Tuesday with the support of several farm groups, including the American Soybean Association and the American Farm Bureau. It is titled "Agriculture and Forestry in a Changing Climate: Adaptation Recommendations."
"This document offers producers, foresters and policy makers various pathways in the areas of research, production systems, risk management, decision tools and outreach for building a more resilient ag and forestry system," Yoder added.
25x'25 suggests that the impacts as a result of changing weather will vary by region, but stronger storms and higher temperatures may be characteristic of new patterns. Additionally, new weeds and pest threats will be of greater concern. In these situations, 25x'25 said productivity, profitability, stewardship and self-determination will surface as overlapping, continuing goals.
Producers will require support for hard decisions -- and resources for those decisions will come from research, the report said.
Governmental, academic and private research for more climate forecasting and scenarios, as well as the implementation of conservation practices designed to maintain the productive capacity of land should be a priority.