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  • Climate change has affected this sector
  • This agricultural industry contributes more than $300 billion to the economy each year.
  • But more extreme temperature and precipitation can prevent crops from growing and reduces yield
  • Michigan lost almost $220 million in the cherry industry due to a warmer winter in 2012
  • Although, the increased CO2 actually does make our crops grow faster!
  • The nutritional value of crops are affected, our livestock need to consume more in order to recive the same nutrition and protein.
  • The agricultural industry is highly dependent on the climate. Crops grown in the United States are critical for the food supply.
  • We thrive under warmer temperatures, wet climates and increasing CO2 levels don't affect us. We will increase in numbers
  • Increases in temperature and carbon dioxide (CO2) can increase some crop yields although, many other elements need to be met in order for the benefits to be recognised. Extreme weather events limit these benefits.
  • Livestock and poultry accounts for over half industry, often over $100 billion per year.
  • The weather changes also increases parasites and diseases that affect livestock
  • Moderate warming and more CO2 may help some plants grow faster, although it also reduces the nutritional value of most crops. It reduces the concentration of protein and minerals in crops.
  • The changes have become more radical: farmers are spending more time and money trying to grow crops in new climates
  • Farmers will collectively have to spend billions of dollars to adapt. The effects are already seen from prolonged drought in Kansas and torrential rains in Iowa.
  • More severs warming increases the frequency and severity of droughts and flood, which increases the number of pests
  • Extreme weather changes such as heat waves, directly threaten livestock as they rely on grain for consumption. In 2011 exposure to high temperature events caused a $1 billion loss.
  • Predominantly negatively affected and predictions show current issues of extreme weather, reduced yields and pests will increase. More money is constantly put into this industry for solutions to prevent damage.
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