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2014 USDA Climate Change Adaptation Plan

Created: 2/03/2015 - Updated: 8/09/2019


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Climate Change Adaptation Plan presents strategies and actions to address the effects of climate change on key mission areas including agricultural production, food security, rural development, and forestry and natural resources conservation.

The 2014 USDA Climate Change Adaptation Plan includes input from eleven USDA agencies and offices.  It provides a detailed vulnerability assessment, reviews the elements of USDA’s mission that are at risk from climate change, and provides specific actions and steps being taken to build resilience to climate change.  The plan advances President Obama’s Priority Agenda and Climate Action Plan to integrate climate change adaptation planning into the actions of the federal government.

Published On

Monday, June 30, 2014


Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Culture / communities
Diseases or parasites
Growing season
Habitat extent
Infrastructure damage
Invasive / non-native species, pests
Public health risks
Salinization / Saltwater intrusion
Sea level rise
Storms or extreme weather events
Water quality
Water supply
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies
Incorporate climate change into harvest/take policies
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptation plans
Sociopolitical Setting: