The centers, which the Agriculture Department calls climate hubs, will link local agriculture producers with universities, industry groups, state governments and federal agencies such as the Department of Interior and the
The climate hubs will be located in Ames, Iowa;
In a statement set for release Wednesday, Vilsack noted that farmers already were seeing the impact of shifts in the climate. The growing season in the Midwest is almost two weeks longer than it was in 1950, and fire season is two months longer than it was 30 years ago, according to the USDA.
"For generations, America's farmers, ranchers and forest landowners have innovated and adapted to challenges," Vilsack said in the statement.
The climate hub program is "part of our broad commitment to developing the next generation of climate solutions, so that our agricultural leaders have the modern technologies and tools they need to adapt and succeed in the face of a changing climate."