Agriculture and climate change in Minnesota

Wayne CordsClimate change is a worldwide problem that is already affecting Minnesota. In the coming decades, Minnesota may experience warmer temperatures and wetter weather due to climate change. To reduce the impacts of climate change, Minnesota has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, but we are behind schedule.

Agriculture accounts for approximately one-quarter of Minnesota’s greenhouse gas emissions, so strategies to reduce emissions from this sector are critical to reaching statewide goals. In addition to greenhouse gas reduction benefits, some strategies may help farmers maintain soil health and reduce erosion which will help them adapt to warmer and wetter climate conditions.

A new technical report estimates the impact of 21 different agriculture best practices on greenhouse gas emissions.

PDF icon Executive summary (p-gen4-19a)

PDF icon Greenhouse gas reduction potential of agricultural best management practices (p-gen4-19)