Report of the 2017-2018 New England Adaptation Survey for Vegetable and Fruit Growers

2018 – By Alissa White et al., Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont – This report presents a summary and preliminary statistical analysis of the results of the New England Adaptation Survey. In partnership with farmer networks and organizations across the region, 193 fruit and vegetable growers participated in the survey between November 2017 and March 2018. Drawing upon the experience of producers in the region, this survey explores emerging adaptive management strategies, perceived climate related risks, and adaptive capacity. Recently updated projections for the Northeastern US forecast increasingly severe and erratic precipitation events which pose significant risks to every sector of agricultural production in the region. Summer water deficits and droughts are also projected to intensify. Vegetable and berry farmers are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of severe precipitation and drought due to the intensive soil and crop management strategies which characterize of this kind of production.

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