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Southern Plains Assessment of Vulnerability and Preliminary Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies for Farmers, Ranchers and Forest Land Owners

Jean L. Steiner, Jeanne M. Schneider, Clay Pope, Sarah Pope, Paulette Ford, and Rachel F. Steele
Created: 11/02/2018 - Updated: 12/28/2018


The Southern Plains region contributes significantly to the Nation’s wheat and beef production. Winter wheat is the principal annual crop, with much of it serving dual-use as a cool-season annual forage in addition to grain production. Cattle are raised on extensive pasture and rangelands across the region.

Agricultural production and farm income in the Southern Plains are sensitive to weather variability. For example, the severe 2010/2011 drought resulted in the loss of billions of dollars in the agriculture sector. Agricultural losses were estimated to exceed $1.7 billion in Oklahoma and $5.2 billion in Texas, with more than half the Texas losses attributed to livestock and hay enterprises. Examples of climate and weather-related events in this region include: dought, temperature changes, and pests and diseases. This report assesses the region's vulnerability to climate change and offers preliminary adaptation and mitigation strategies for farmers, ranchers, and forest land owners. 

Published On

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Regional / Subnational
Sector Addressed: 
Land Use Planning
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Water supply
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Capacity Building
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies

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