Agriculture is an industry engaged in the production of plants and animals for food and fiber that contributes to the economy and food security in the region. Agricultural land also provides societal benefits such as storm and flood management, nutrient and organic matter recycling, clean water and air, and wildlife habitat. Improvements to farm practices can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural industry (currently about 4% of the regional total). Protecting agricultural land and enhancing local food production are a priority for building resilience in the region.
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What you will find in this roadmap
Agriculture contributes to the regional economy and provides fresh, healthy food for local use and exports. Protecting agricultural land enables food security and provides other benefits called ecosystem services, which include helping to manage floods, capturing carbon, and providing habitat for wildlife.
Agricultural activity is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Farmers are dealing with changes in temperature and rainfall, and extreme weather events, all of which affect local food production. To increase our resilience, we need to support farming practices that improve soil health, strengthen agricultural viability and sustain local food production for future generations.
We created a roadmap to help us reach a low carbon, resilient future while also improving air quality. By 2050, the agricultural sector can be carbon neutral, powered by clean, renewable energy. Farmers can use regenerative farm practices to capture carbon and build the soil for long-term productivity. And we can protect and invest in agricultural land to enable food production and provide secure tenure to farmers, and sustain the agricultural industry over the long term.
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