USDA Seeks Input on Climate Change Research, Education and Outreach Priorities

The United States Department of Agriculture ("USDA") is seeking comments from the public on its proposed strategic goals and planning priorities for climate change research, education and outreach programs.


The USDA announced on August 6, 2008 in the Federal Register that it will be taking public comments on its work analyzing the impacts of climate change on agriculture. (Read the announcement here) The Department will use these comments while creating a Strategic Plan for Climate Change Research, Education and Extension. The goals for the plan are to:

  1. Understand the effects of climate change on natural and managed ecosystems
  2. Develop knowledge and tools to enable adaptation to climate change and improve the resilience of natural and managed ecosystems
  3. Develop knowledge and tools to reduce the contribution agriculture, forestry, and other land management practices to the build of up greenhouse gases in the atmosphere
  4. Deliver climate change science and technology to USDA agencies, stakeholders and collaborators for improved decision making.

Comments are due by September 19, 2008 and will be available by request. The USDA will publish the final version of the Strategic Plan on their website.