Lilian Brislen (University of Kentucky), Kate MacFarland (USDA)
A 2013 report from the United States Department of Agriculture titled Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation? states, while framing its concerns in terms of ‘productivity’, that all production systems will be affected to some degree by climate change, and that Climate change presents an unprecedented challenge to the adaptive capacity of U.S. agriculture. (USDA 2013:6, emphasis added) Increased livestock and plant morbidity due to extreme temperatures, increased disease and pest pressure, increasing incidence of extreme weather events, soil erosion, and decreased water resources are all projected by the USDA to affect farm enterprises across the globe. With a nod to Practical Farmers of Iowa, this session seeks to explore ‘Practical’ approaches to climate adaptation, which combine ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture with an attention to farmer livelihoods, and activities that emphasize collaboration across professional barriers of farmer/researcher/policymaker/
Interested participants should send abstract no longer than 250 words along with paper title, author name/s and contact information, to Lilian Brislen (firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1st. Invited participants will be informed by December 3rd. Accepted participants must also register at the conference website: politicalecology.org by the extended registration deadline of December 5th 2014.