11: Agriculture and Ranching

 

Agriculture and Ranching considers the climate factors that affect crop production and agricultural water use; appraises the effects of projected climate changes on agricultural water allocation, and on ranching and disaster-relief programs; evaluates the economic impacts of climate change and the potential to accommodate changing water supplies, crop yields, and pricing.

Citation: 

Frisvold, G. B., L. E. Jackson, J. G. Pritchett, and J. P. Ritten. 2013. “Agriculture and Ranching.” In Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment, edited by G. Garfin, A. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black, and S. LeRoy, 218–239. A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance. Washington, DC: Island Press.

One way to adapt to climate change induced water shortages is to shift the mix of crops grown and to use more efficient irrigation technology.
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