The Drake University Agricultural Law Center in Des Moines has released information about its research project regarding non-operator land owners and tenant farmers facing extreme weather. The research provides a qualitative look at how landowners and farmers need to work together to provide solutions for adapting to the challenges of climate change.
The political climate around climate change is rapidly evolving according to last week's New York Time's poll. The poll suggests the Iowa agricultural community has an opportunity to partner with American taxpayers to support farming practices that can play an important role in dealing with greenhouse gas emissions.
"Climate change is a critical issue with special implications for American agriculture and landowners as extreme weather events become more frequent," says Neil Hamilton, director of the Agricultural Law Center and professor of law at Drake University. "Drake's research reveals important opportunities to engage farmers and landowners in implementing practices to respond to climate change, now the challenge is developing public policies to make that a reality."
Need to work together to share costs and benefits of practices
The research, supported from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, indicates the agriculture community in Iowa has been slow to embrace the evidence that human activity is causing climate change. However, the research identifies the need for farmers and land owners to work together to share the benefits and costs of practices that in the short run can make Iowa farmland more resilient to extreme weather. In the long run, farmers and land owners working more closely together can implement practices that can actually harvest carbon on Iowa farms essentially going beyond reducing greenhouse gas emissions to actually reducing CO2 in the atmosphere
Drake Times Delphic student newspaper covering the Iowa Environmental Council conference on campus in October. The panel discussion focused on Iowa's potential contributions for combating climate change.
About the Drake Agricultural Law Center: Founded in 1983, the Drake Agricultural Law Center is internationally recognized for providing opportunities to study how the legal system shapes our food system and influences the ability of the agricultural sector to produce, market and use agricultural products. Drake Law School supports courses, publications, conferences, research initiatives and a certification program in food and agricultural law. For more information click on this link: Drake Agricultural Law Center.