EL RENO — The Grazinglands Research Laboratory in El Reno is one of seven locations nationwide selected Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support climate research.
Part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the seven Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change will study the effects of climate change on agriculture, ranch lands and forestry.
“Each region is slightly different in terms of the risk they face and their needs,” U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “That’s why we are announcing seven specific locations that will be charged with the responsibility in each region of the country, along with substations to maintain the strength and vitality of American agriculture and to allow producers, growers, farmers, ranchers and forestry folks to better manage natural resources and promote economic opportunity that agriculture and forestry create.”
Grazinglands will focus on the effects of drought and pests throughout the Southern Plains.
“We think one of the most difficult parts of managing agricultural systems and land in the Great Plains is the high variability of climate,” Grazinglands Director Jean Steiner said. “We hope to provide people with a way to tap in and find information about better approaches or better plant materials or better strategies to deal with some of that climate variability.”