CLIMATE HUBS: Ames Is One Base For Research

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary, and former Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday that Ames will be one of the President’s new climate hubs.

The hub will run out of a laboratory at Iowa State University. It’s one of seven that will open in different U.S. regions to deal with the increasing risks of floods, drought, fires and invasive pests.

“For generations, America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners have innovated and adapted to challenges. Today, they face a new and more complex threat in the form of a changing and shifting climate, which impacts both our nation’s forests and our farmers’ bottom lines,” said Vilsack.

“USDA’s Climate Hubs are part of our broad commitment to developing the next generation of climate solutions, so that our agricultural leaders have the modern technologies and tools they need to adapt and succeed in the face of a changing climate.”

The new hubs are being created in response to the president’s promise to focus on climate change.