* The Colorado River is a crucial resource for 40 million people residing in seven U.S. states and two Mexican states.
* Running 1,450 miles from its headwaters in the Wyoming and Colorado Rocky Mountains toward the Gulf of California, the Colorado River provides water for... Read More
Food Security and Climate Archive
As consumers across the Nation express a growing interest in a closer connection to their food producers—whether through access to more localized markets and/or shorter supply chains— cities and regions have begun to regard the expansion of local food marketing activities as a critical compon... Read More
This report summarizes studies completed in the last 5 years that focus on current and future water supply and demand and identify a range of potential strategies to address projected imbalances.... Read More
This document provides an update on the building blocks framework since the April 2015 announcement. In particular, it:
• Outlines the goals for each building block, including estimated GHG reductions.
• Highlights actions that USDA has taken over the last year to help farmers, ra... Read More
Drought is a normal phenomenon of all climates, with varying characteristics between regions. It materializes in a reduction of precipitation from the long-term average, that extends over a given space scale for a specific period of time and results in impacts. Over the past decades, drought epis... Read More
Removing encroaching conifer stands from sagebrush ecosystems can increase late season water retention in western rangelands by holding snow longer in the spring. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service analyzed snow and streamflow data from a snow-do... Read More
This, the third edition of the National Indicators Report, analyzes sustainability trends over time at the national scale for commodity crops, utilizing the eight environmental indicators in Field to Market’s Supply Chain Sustainability Program and five additional social and economic sustainabi... Read More
USFRA’s Agriculture in America Sustainability Report demonstrates how farmers and ranchers are seeking and implementing practices that allow them to better protect the planet’s resources while efficiently producing food.... Read More
Peak runoff in streams and rivers of the western United States is strongly influenced by melting of accumulated mountain snowpack. A significant decline in this resource has a direct connection to streamflow, with substantial economic and societal impacts. Observations and reanalyses indicate tha... Read More
The productivity of many important crops is significantly threatened by water shortage and the elevated atmospheric CO2 can significantly interact with physiological processes and crop responses to drought. We examined the effects of three different CO2 concentrations (historical ~300 ppm, ambien... Read More