How Farmers Harvest U.S. Taxpayer Dollars

By David Ellis - 2013-09-09T14:38:32Z


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Shortchanging the Future

The USDA spends only $1.4 billion a year on a program designed in part to help farmers adapt to climate change. Scientists say climate change will probably push corn-growing regions farther north while making alternatives to the grain more important elsewhere. This government map shows the current state of planting zones.  

A February USDA report on climate change said that the main U.S. growing regions will experience average temperatures that may rise 4 degrees to 6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees to 3 degrees Celsius) over the next four decades, outpacing warming trends in the nation as a whole. 

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