Special Issue "Agricultural Production and Global Climate Change: Social, Cultural, and Agroecological Aspects of the Agriculture/Climate Interface"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.
Interests: environmental sociology; science; knowledge and technology; globalization; rural sociology/agrofood studies; global environmental governance
Interests: agroecology; sustainable food systems; conservation biological control; pollination services
This Special Issue aims to attract scholars in the social and natural sciences to provide an interdisciplinary arrangement of research on issues related to agricultural production and climate change. Global climate change is creating and/or exacerbating adverse conditions for agricultural producers and their communities; at the same time, many agricultural practices contribute globally to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. We are interested in reviewing case studies worldwide that investigate both these conditions as well as the ways in which agricultural communities (from the Global North to the Global South) are responding to these conditions, creating networks of resilience, finding alternative ways of growing, and engaging with scientific knowledge on global climatic change. Theoretical explorations are encouraged, but we ask that they contain a case study component. Works in rural sociology, agroecology, environmental sociology, environmental studies, anthropology, political ecology, human and political geography, and related fields are sought and encouraged.
Dr. Brian Gareau
Dr. Tara Pisani Gareau
Manuscript Submission Information
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Title: Climate Change and Dairy in New York and Wisconsin: Risk Perceptions, Vulnerability, and Adaptation among Farmers and Advisors
Abstract: Climate change impacts on agriculture have been intensifying in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States. In order to encourage the adoption of climate change adaptation practices by dairy farmers, it is critical to understand their perspectives on the risks they face and actions they are taking. However, very few empirical studies have considered how dairy farmers and/or their advisors are interpreting and responding to climate impacts, risks, and opportunities in the Northeast and the Midwest. This study investigates dairy farmer and advisor views and decisions related to climate change using data from six farmer and advisor focus groups conducted in New York and Wisconsin. The study examined how farmers and advisors perceived climate impacts on dairy farms, the practices they are adopting, and how perceived risks and vulnerability affect farmers’ decision-making related to adaptation strategies. Although dairy farmers articulated concern regarding climate impacts, other business pressures—such as profitability, market conditions, government regulations, and labor availability—were often more critical issues that affected their decision-making. Decisions about adopting climate change adaptation practices were relatively consistent across advisors and farmers in both New York and Wisconsin, but with somewhat different emphases in each group. Personal experience with extreme weather and seasonal changes affected decision-making. The findings from this study provide improved understanding of farmers’ needs and priorities, which can help guide land-grant researchers, Extension, and policymakers in their efforts to develop and coordinate a comprehensive strategy to address climate change impacts on dairy in the Northeast and the Midwest.
Keywords: dairy; farmers; advisors; climate change; perceptions; vulnerability; adaptation; resilience