The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) created a joint research program that designates nearly $50 million to develop climate system models that provide insights on climate variability and impacts on ecosystems.
"Climate change and its impacts on the land, crops and animals raise some of the most serious issues faced by producers and by society at large," said Roger Beachy, director of USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. "It is important to understand its potential effect on our world and how we can proactively mitigate its consequences. Accurate and reliable scientific information is critical to sustain economically viable agricultural operations."