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U of M Food Policy Research Center releases third fact sheet to inform policymakers about the changing agricultural climate

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The Food Policy Research Center (FPRC), comprised of five schools and colleges at the University of Minnesota, has released the third in a series of fact sheets designed to inform policymakers on a variety of issues through a comprehensive scientific approach and are part of a broader analysis of food policy topics. The third fact sheet focuses on the changing agricultural climate.

Led by University of Minnesota professor Will Hueston, D.V.M., Ph.D., the FPRC is comprised of food policy subject matter experts from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, School of Public Health and the University of Minnesota Extension.

Below is a brief summary of the third fact sheet “Changing Agricultural Climate: Implications for Innovation Policies.”

  • Average temperatures are rising, both globally and in the Midwest United States.
  • Rainfall is increasing on average in the Midwest while also becoming more unpredictable on any given farm.
  • Episodes of extreme air moisture content are increasing, affecting both animal and plant agriculture.
  • Agriculture is especially sensitive to the ever-changing natural environments in which it operates.
  • Agricultural producers can respond to variations in climate given the right know-how and technologies.
  • Choices made now will have long-run implications for the productivity and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture.

The complete third fact sheet can be found here.

The first two fact sheets, released in October and November, focused on genetically engineered foods, and food irradiation. The next FPRC fact sheet will be available in the coming months.

The FPRC is funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which also supports four other related centers: Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University; Center for Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization – Policy Research Group, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center, Pennsylvania State University; and Partnership for Agricultural and Resource Policy Research, University of California, Davis, and Oregon State University.

To learn more about the FPRC please visit

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