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bruce MN
Advisor

Elites worried about farmers

I suppose Congress will have to write up a new "program". http://m.startribune.com/business/?id=264503101&c=y
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BA Deere
Honored Advisor

Re: Elites worried about farmers

Oh yeah it`s hotter than hades out here politicians, write us a juicy farm bill to help us through it.  Smiley Happy

bruce MN
Advisor

Re: Elites worried about farmers

This past May was the hottest May on the planet since they have been recording temperatures. But other than that it is down around 60 here tonight on the 3rd night of summer when the moisture stressed plants out in the fields and gardens could use some heat.
hardnox
Advisor

Re: Elites worried about farmers

Actually I'm pretty well nigh certain that it is even more impossible to quantify potential yield losses from climate change than to model climate change itself. Doesn't stop folks from trying, heard the number "14% reduction in yields" somewhere this morning on the TV  in the background.

 

Taken in isolation, that would just increase the value of prime farmland, I'd think. Good enough reason to go for it?

 

Of course it isn't in isolation, in fact it's an extraordinarily complex scenario and I think we've already seen a bit of that future via the outbreaks of unrest in the ME that were undergirded by high wheat prices. All pretty "socialist" stuff and almost impossible to give any real policy consideration when we can't even write decent policy on relatively simple things.

 

Actually got more than a bit of a chuckle out of the little bit of pork in the new "Farm Bill" that went to the academics for studying the effects of climate change on agriculture. I had visions of extension meetings at the fairgrounds where we would all learn how to grow bananas.

 

If deniers wanted evidence that it's all just an academic plot this is sort of a poke in the eye- and has that much good to say for it in its own regard. But I'm pretty darn sure that if weather gets tougher, farmers will only learn by failure of what they've learned from experience.  Some would no doubt go out of business but as I said in a post yesterday, that's something I've been witness to continuously, my entire life.