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Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Florida’s Agriculture

Title: Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Florida’s Agriculture.
Name(s): Her, Young Gu, author
Boote, Kenneth J., author
Migliaccio, Kati W., author
Fraisse, Clyde, author
Letson, David, author
Mbuya, Odemari, author
Anandhi, Aavudai, author
Chi, Hongmei, author
Ngatia, Lucy, author
Asseng, Senthold, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Book Part
Date Issued: 2017-11-29
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In this chapter, we describe Florida’s agriculture, the vulnerability of its crops and livestock to climate change and possible adaptation strategies. Much of Florida’s agricultural success is linked to its moderate climate, which allows vegetable and fruit crop production during the winter/spring season as well as the production of perennial crops such as citrus and sugarcane. In addition, there is a substantial livestock industry that uses the extensive perennial grasslands. While rising CO2 is generally beneficial to crop production but detrimental to nutritional quality, increase in temperature will cause mostly negative effects on yield. Florida’s agriculture faces additional challenges from climate change characterized by sea level rise and intensified extreme climate events, affecting land and irrigation water availability, livestock productivity and pest and disease pressure. New technologies and adaptation strategies are needed for sustainable agricultural production in Florida, including increased water and nutrient use efficiency in crops, crop and livestock breeding for heat stress, pest and disease resistance and reduced exposure of livestock to high temperature. Irrigation is a favored adaptation, but places an even greater burden or potential conflict between agriculture and community use of water resources.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1515509652_586ba572 (IID), 10.17125/fci2017.ch08 (DOI)
Keywords: Florida's agriculture, Climate change, Crops, Fruits, Livestock, Sea level rise, Irrigation, Water resources, Elevated carbon dioxide, Increased air temperature, Rainfall change, Salt water intrusion, Salinity, Climate change adaptation, Cover crop,
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Florida's Climate: Changes, Variations, & Impacts.

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Her, Y. G., Boote, K. J., Migliaccio, K. W., Fraisse, C., Letson, D., Mbuya, O., … Asseng, S. (2017). Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Florida’s Agriculture. Florida's Climate: Changes, Variations, & Impacts. Retrieved from