The adaptation strategies below offer possible ways to address anticipated climate risks to rural agriculture.
Adaptation strategies for rural agriculture
- Set metrics-based goals to protect farmland, including land that produces locally-sold agricultural products and a diversity of agricultural products.
- Adopt ordinances, zoning updates, or other mechanisms to support farmland preservation and food production from future development.
- Review land use regulations and eliminate or reduce policies that restrict food production.
- Create or find existing maps that document prime farmland, unique farmland, and farmland of local importance. This information can be used in future planning decisions. Work with your local soil and water conservation district or your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office for additional information on agricultural land, silvicultural land, and mapping.
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The adaptation strategies provided are intended to inform and assist communities in identifying potential alternatives. They are illustrative and are presented to help communities consider possible ways to address current and future climate threats. Read the full disclaimer.