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How Midwest farmers perceive, respond to extreme weather

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Crop advisers and others who work with farmers in the U.S. Corn Belt know their clients are independent-minded folks who like doing things their own way. But for the rest of the world, it can be all too easy to lump them together, says Lois Wright Morton, an Iowa State University sociologist. “If you’ve met one corn farmer you’ve met them all, right?” she quips.

Jokes aside, new research led by Morton indicates this definitely isn’t true in one critical area: How Midwest farmers perceive and are responding to the extreme weather brought on by climate change.

In a recently published paper in the Journal of Environmental Quality, she and her colleagues report that farmers in six sub-regions of the Corn Belt are not only experiencing impacts such as flooding differently, but their views of the risks and how they’re adapting diverge, as well.

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Source:  Madeline Fisher, April 6, 2015, Alliance of Crop, Soil and Environmental Societies

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