Climate change is demanding that we find new ways to adapt agricultural systems to remain profitable, curb environmental impacts, and minimize their contributions to greenhouse gas emissions. The University of Vermont Extension is working with farmers to understand how different practices on northeastern dairy farms can help build resilience to weather extremes in a changing climate. By comparing conventional and alternative management practices on dominant agricultural land use in Vermont (i.e., corn silage and hay), researchers will gain a better understanding of how a shift in cropping management will affect water quality, field and watershed hydrology, and adaptation and mitigation of climate change.
NIFA supports the research through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.
Contact: Joshua Faulkner.
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