A feature article published online on the Alabama Cooperative Extension System's website describes the Southeast Climate Consortium's role in helping farmers in the Southeast use climate forecasting tools to make better decisions.
The article gives examples of farmers who have benefitted from climate forecasting, posted significant gains and, in the process, inspired other producers to embrace forecasting.
Extension agents argue that the more farmers buy into it and the more scientists study and build on what they learn, the more refined and useful climate forecasting becomes.
Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2011, the United States experienced a record high number (14) of climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 670 lives, caused more than 6,000 injuries, and cost $55 billion in damages. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.
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