Social media to help farmers deal with climate change

Mike Hoffmann

Mike Hoffmann

Whether farmers believe in climate change or not – 66 percent do – their actions show that they are adapting to global warming, according to panelists at a July 8 discussion on campus.

“Farmers are already being affected by the changing climate, and the pace of change is likely to accelerate in the future,” said panelist Bill Hohenstein, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Climate Change Program Office. “Agriculture is an important contributor to climate change as a source of greenhouse gases, but it is also one of the sectors that is most affected by climate change.”

He continued: “It will be important to communicate to farmers about these risks and opportunities to improve resilience. We’re recognizing that farmers are now getting their information from a variety of sources – not simply extension anymore.”

Panelist Mike Hoffmann, director of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, believes that one option that would help farmers cope with the effects of climate change on agriculture is to build an open communication network.

“The idea here is to develop a system – through social media – where farmers and extension educators can readily and quickly communicate with each other across a large region such as the northeastern United States and eastern Canada” and share observations and other information, Hoffmann said.

[Cornell Chronicle 2013-07-11] Read the whole article.

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