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Agriculture Secretary Explains New ‘Climate Hubs’

Author: Kristy

A herd of beef cattle in California’s Central Valley give chase to a meal delivery of hay, Feb. 3, 2014. At this time of the year normally, the fields would be covered in lush green grass. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

The Obama administration is proposing today to create seven regional “climate hubs” with the goal of helping farmers and rural communities combat the most serious effects of climate change: drought, floods, pests and fires.

The move is taking place by executive action and will not go to Congress for approval. The hubs will represent a broad swath of the country’s rural regions and will include Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon and New Mexico.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has described the hubs as part of “our broad commitment to developing the next generation of climate solutions.” He discusses the proposal with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson. READ MORE

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