Documents

 “Our cooperative has been a pioneering force in the organic movement for 25 years, and we’ve made much progress in raising the bar of organic standards. Organic farmers are at the forefront of effective sustainable farming techniques. We believe that the organic standards and sustainable practices of our cooperative are among the strictest in agriculture. However, perfection is never possible, even in organic. There is always room for improvement.”- George Siemon, C-E-I-E-I-O of CROPP... read more

Published in late 2012, this report examines the relationship between climate change and forest ecosystems. It explains the changes forest ecosystems will face with continued climate change and presents adaptation and implementation strategies. This report includes resources to help with adaptation, which enables organizations and communities to better prepare forest ecosystems for the impacts of climate change and to use those same ecosystems to help mitigate climate change’s effects.

The Cowboy, The Outlaw, and The Kid is a publication by Sustainable Northwest profiling individual and community actions in response to climate change in rural America.From Sustainable Northwest: "This is a modern western. The individuals depicted are rooted in the epic landscapes and history of the American West, and are also a product of current times. These are stories that deserve to be told, as these individuals approach this challenge in a holistic fashion that integrates... read more

In 2011, the WRTC joined the Climate Solution University program, a project of the Model Forest Policy Program and the Cumberland River Compact. Climate Solutions University was an opportunity to create a customized climate adaptation plan for Trinity County, CA. Communities like those in Trinity County that are resource-dependent are experiencing and observing the impacts of climate change on forest and water resources they rely on every day. In order to begin developing and implementing... read more

This is the most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It discusses climate change and its causes, projections of future impacts, and adaptation and mitigation options. This is a foundational document for anyone desiring an overview of climate science and its on-the-ground effects.

Given California’s leadership in tackling climate change, and its importance globally as an agricultural producer, it is essential to understand to what extent state government is supporting California agriculture in addressing its unique climate change challenges. To that end, CalCAN conducted an assessment of the adequacy and availability of resources for California agriculture to address climate change.

NCAT worked with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) on climate policy as it relates to climate change and helped to develop a paper on the topic with other NSAC members. This position paper provides recommendations on policies and programs in the 2008 Farm Bill that can mitigate the impacts of rapid climate change on agriculture and reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural production activity.

This is the global report from the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development. It represents international organizations and over 800 participants from around the world representing diverse stakeholder groups. Covering nearly 600 pages, this is a comprehensive collection of sustainability indicators, goals, and policies as they relate to agricultural knowledge, science, and technology. 

A set of principles for building stronger rural communities and a stronger nation. Here's what we believe:

Rural America is more than the land. It is a way we are connected in culture, heritage, and national enterprise. While it may be vast, it is far from empty. Sixty million of us live in the American countryside, and far more grew up there.... read more

Sundi Hayes

Ohio farmer David Brandt has received considerable press regarding his use of cover crops and other conservation practices that have helped him to build significant levels of soil organic matter (SOM) while radically reducing fossil fuel and other off-farm inputs. This USDA-NRCS highlight of Brandt labels him as a “soil health pioneer.”