Local Farmers Say Climate Change is Reality, Ag Commissioner Disagrees

According to the EPA, a soon to be downsized federal organization, climate change does affect farming.
Mandan residents Angie and Brian McGinnis have been growing vegetables for about 15 years.
They've seen things change over the years.

"Certainly climate change, weather extremes are projected to happen more and more and huge hailstorms are pretty much our worst enemy as vegetable farmers," said Angie & Brian McGinnis of Mandan. 

One climate change staple is that earth is warming at an alarming rate. While North Dakota's Ag Commissioner does not deny this trend, he says...in most cases...crops benefit more often than not.
 
"Farmers and ranchers understand that climate change is all the time. No year is like the previous year and the past is not always a good indicator of what the future is going to be," said Doug Goehring, North Dakota's Agriculture Commissioner.

His words have merit. In North Dakota, corn and soybeans now grow in areas that used to be too cold for those crops, which has increased future corn yields. Angie and Brian aren't too sure.

"We need to ask ourselves, 'What can we do to mitigate the effects of climate change?'" said Brian McGinness.

Whether you are a climate change believer or dispeller, Goehring says all farmers are adapting to deal with changes in the environment.

"People are doing a lot of mixing and matching and doing it for good reason. They're looking at every different scenario to really plan for success."

The EPA also says climate change can also disrupt fisheries and make it more difficult to catch fish in the same ways as before.

 


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