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Tech Firms Help Farmers Combat Climate Change

Panasonic, Fujitsu and other Japanese technology firms, looking for ways to offset decreased demand for their consumer electronics, are producing automated greenhouses and sensor-controlled fields to help farmers in Japan maintain constant conditions for their crops, according to Reuters. Heat and erratic weather in recent years has made it difficult … Read more »

Funding for Farmers to Combat Drought Effects

The USDA has made $20 million available to California ranchers and farmers to fund agricultural water conservation to combat the effects of the statewide drought. Farmers and ranchers have until March 3 to apply. The funding is part of the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to … Read more »

Cornell University

Cornell Opens Climate Change and Agriculture Center

Cornell University has started a center to help farmers adapt their operations to climate change. The Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture will serve as a clearinghouse for research, climate monitoring, decision-support tools and applications at the intersection of climate and agriculture, the Cornell Chronicle reports. One of the … Read more »

Drought Pushes Dairy, Beef Prices Up

Dairy and beef prices could spike from the hotter-than-normal summer heat and worsening drought conditions. Beef prices hit an all-time high earlier this month because of the 2012 US drought, Bloomberg reports. AccuWeather.com says consumers could soon begin to see a rise in dairy costs after record-breaking high temperatures scorched … Read more »

Drought Risk Threatens Crops

Drought Risk Threatens Crops

The plains and the western US are still in the worst drought in more than 50 years, but this year’s corn, soybean and wheat harvest will be better than the summer of 2012, Reuters reports. A senior agricultural meteorologist for MDA Weather Services told a weather conference in Chicago the … Read more »