Rural Climate Dialogues – Itasca County, Minnesota

This May, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and the Jefferson Center co-hosted the second Rural Climate Dialogue in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The Rural Climate Dialogues are part of an effort to spur rural leadership and build resiliency in the face of extreme weather conditions and a changing climate. The dialogue gathered 18 Itasca County residents for an intense three-day deliberative forum to discuss risks posed by climate change and develop a shared, community-based response to changing weather patterns and extreme weather events.

Posted June 22, 2015

Carbon Markets and Agriculture: A U.S. and International Perspective

Carbon markets and cap-and-trade programs are increasingly being used as a mechanism to mitigate climate change by reducing net greenhouse gas emissions. In the U.S., there are already two large carbon markets in play—one in California, and one in the Northeast. There will likely be an expansion of U.S. carbon markets in the coming years as the Clean Power Plan is implemented. Internationally, the European Union has the world’s largest carbon market, and the United Nations has outlined rules and guidelines for carbon trading.

Posted April 22, 2015

Assessing carbon footprints on the farm

Discussions about climate change often lead to how agriculture is a major contributor of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. It is also true that agricultural communities are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, as they are often those most closely linked to natural ecosystems for their economic, social and environmental well-being. The challenge is to find practical strategies to adapt to and mitigate the current and anticipated effects of climate change. Our upcoming webinar will do just that.

Posted April 14, 2015

Rural Climate Dialogues

This past June, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and the Jefferson Center co-hosted the first Rural Climate Dialogue in Morris, Minnesota. The Rural Climate Dialogues are part of an effort to spur rural leadership and build resiliency in the face of extreme weather conditions and a changing climate. The dialogue gathered 15 Morris residents for an intense three-day deliberative forum to discuss risks posed by climate change and develop a shared, community-based response to changing weather patterns and extreme weather events.

Posted November 13, 2014

Grain Reserves in an Unstable Climate

The ongoing drought in the U.S. and threats of food crises around the world point to the need for new solutions to cope with unstable weather and harvests. Since the first food price crisis in 2008, IATP, along with a growing number of civil society organizations, researchers and governments, have renewed and refocused work on grain reserves as a response to significantly diminished food stocks for international markets and an important instrument to build food security. In July 2012, IATP released Grain Reserves and the Food Price Crisis: Selected Writings from 2008--2012.

Posted October 15, 2012

A Risky Proposition: Crop Insurance and Climate Change

In 2011, a year of record floods and droughts, federal spending on crop insurance outpaced commodity crop subsidies. What does it mean to make crop insurance the largest source of federal support for farmers with the growing threat of climate change? Join experts on climate change and crop insurance to learn how climate change will affect crop insurance, and about what might be done to insulate farmers from some of the effects of extreme weather.

Posted February 21, 2012