USDA Awards $6 Million for Climate Change Study

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will award $6 million to 10 universities to finance the study of what climate change means to agriculture and strategies for helping farmers and ranchers deal with weather changes.

The report says crop yields will fall by 2% per decade, as the rising temperature affects some of the world's major crops, such as rice, maze or wheat.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture will award $6 million to 10 universities to finance the study of what climate change means to agriculture and strategies for helping farmers and ranchers deal with weather changes.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grants Tuesday during a conference about climate change held at Drake University in Des Moines.

Vilsack told the audience the grants would lead to information and developments that would be essential to farmers.

The grants were made through the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The grants will go to the University of Colorado, Cornell University, Florida International University, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota, Montana State University, Oklahoma State University, Pennsylvania State University and West Virginia University.


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