Climate change and agriculture in the United States: effects and adaptation

Strong scientific consensus highlights that anthropogenic effects of climate change are already occurring and will be substantial. U.S. agriculture is a multi-billion-dollar industry that stands to be significantly influenced by the effects of climate change. This document presents an overview of the latest research available related to climate change impacts on U.S. agriculture and the potential options for adaptation in the agricultural sector. Building upon the extensive scientific literature, the impacts and risks of climate change, climate variability, and adaptation options for managed and unmanaged ecosystems and their constituent biota and processes are considered. The report also highlights changes in resource conditions that scientific studies suggest are most likely to occur in response to climate change.

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