Changing Climate | Food Security’s Fragile Balance

There is growing acceptance that extreme weather is intensifying and occurring with greater frequency. Don't let the controversy surrounding climate change keep you from making adjustments. Climate smart agriculture requires a nimble hand to counter today's climate challenges while safeguarding the long-term productivity and sustainability of your farm for future generations.

Photo illustration: Donovan Harris and Barry Falkner / Thinkstock Images
Photo illustration: Donovan Harris and Barry Falkner / Thinkstock Images

Food Security Challenges - 1

If forecasts hold true, the frequency and intensity of damaging weather events will get worse in the years ahead, threatening agriculture's ability to satisfy the world's growing appetite.

Greg Page doesn't point fingers at anyone regarding who's responsible for climate change. Instead, he sees the necessity of getting agricultural leaders to focus on climate adaptation. (Photo courtesy of Cargill)

Food Security Challenges - 2

Cargill Chairman Greg Page encourages agriculture to take a more proactive role in examining the risks of climate change.

Walnut, Illinois, farmer Alan Madison is still determining how cover crops can help optimize his fertilizer program. The cereal rye in this field will be harvested for seed to be used as a cover crop. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Mark Tade)

Food Security Challenges - 4

These producers are changing their cropping practices to ensure the long-term productivity of their farms.

(DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by David Hansen)

Food Security Challenges - 5

Research alliance works to develop cropping systems that maintain corn yields despite roller-coaster weather.

Brian Steffensen, Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, evaluates genes from wild cereals species that could help improve wheat, barley, oat and rye crops. (Progressive Farmer photo by David Hansen)

Food Security Challenges - 6

Scientists explore solutions that help crops adapt to weather extremes.

When it rains, it pours. The frequency of rainfall characterized as a very heavy event (heaviest 1% in a given time span) has increased from 1858 to 2012. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer graphic)

Food Security Challenges - 7

No matter what side of the climate-change debate you're on, weather extremes are becoming a fact of life. Here's why.