usa farming and climate change

usa farming and climate change
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  • I graze cattle and seem to have no fingers, but that's a minor problem compared to the rising average temperatures we're going to experience. The cattle will have heat stress because they're from a temperate climate. They'll also experience increased numbers of parasites and diseases that affect stock so I'll need to drench more, which will increase my costs and eventually the cost of meat to consumers.
  • The impact of global climate change on farming in  USA is my favourite topic. I could talk about it all day if it wasn't so hot out here. Man I'm thirsty.
  • The warming climate will encourage greater production of crops provided we can maintain irrigation water supplies to the farm. This will increase our costs which we'll eventually pass on to our customers. So they can expect food prices to rise.
  • Whereas on my farm, I grow cherries. If we have a warm winter the cherry trees bud early and if that's followed by a severe cold snap it can prevent fruit developing and this lowers production causing higher prices. I've had to take up working as a clown to add to my income.
  • On the bright side, although I have no fingers,  the increase in temperature will lead to more pasture growth in the region I live in so my productivity should rise. Unfortunately the quality of the fodder will decline because it grows more rapidly so cattle will need to eat more to maintain the same weight gain. Fortunetly cattle just stand around eating all day so it shouldn't be a problem.
  • When I'm not wandering the solar system I grown corn in the American Corn Belt. The rising overnight temperatures experienced in 2010 an 2012 actually reduced corn production. I'm worried that climate change will impact negatively on my crop , which is essential as a stock food and food additive
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