To explore Extension professionals' perceptions of the potential impact of climate variability and climate change on agriculture and to identify the top climate-related issues facing farmers, we conducted interviews with agricultural Extension personnel from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Of those interviewed, 92% believed climate change will affect agriculture a moderate amount or a great deal. Qualitative analyses revealed that the Extension professionals considered scarcity of water resources, temperature fluctuations, pest and disease pressures, forecast challenges, seasonal variability, and adaptation strategies as among the most important climate-related issues affecting agriculture in the Southeast.
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Diehl, D. C., Sloan, N. L., Garcia, E. P., Galindo-Gonzalez, S., Dourte, D. R., & Fraisse, C. W. (2017). Climate-Related Risks and Management Issues Facing Agriculture in the Southeast: Interviews with Extension Professionals. The Journal of Extension, 55(1), Article 26. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol55/iss1/26