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12 The Julian News June 14, 2017 Questions & Answers About Our Environment Dear Earth Talk: How are farms and farmers dealing with climate change? -- Michael Harris, Lorton, VA Agriculture may well be one of the industries hardest hit by the effects of global warming. The non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading environmental advocacy group, reports that warming- related drought and flooding is already behind tens of billions of dollars in American agricultural losses annually. Given this growing threat, more and more farmers are looking to incorporate tools and techniques--let alone switch up what crops they grow--to be prepared for the big environmental changes already underway. According to Washington State University's Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources (CSANR), some of the most promising warming- friendly farming technologies and practices include conservation tillage (stirring up the soil less), precision agriculture (which employs information technology to monitor crop development, refine soil inputs and optimize growing conditions), improved cropping systems (refining the sequence of which crops follow each other on a given piece of land), and anaerobic digestion of organic wastes (via capturing methane waste and turning it into useable energy). NRDC has been working on sustainable agriculture for decades, and recently launched its Climate Resistant Farms campaign to focus on helping farmers roll with the punches of global warming through implementation of some of these new techniques. The group works directly with farmers to • !. develop and share some of these best practices regarding soil health and water use. "Climate change and extreme weather will likely have detrimental impacts on crop production, but farmers can use cover crops and other soil stewardship practices to make their farms more resilient to the climate change impacts already being felt and those likely to come in the years ahead," reports NRDC. "Such practices can also help to reduce and capture the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change." NRDC analyzed the carbon capture and water-holding benefits of soil stewardship methods to increase soil organic matter in the 10 highest-value- producing agricultural states in the U.S. They found that "using cover crops on just half of the acres devoted to the nation's two most ubiquitous cropsmcorn and soybeans--in those top 10 states could help capture more than 19 million metric tons of taxpayers--offer discounts to farmers who implement cover crops "just safe drivers can get discounts on their car insurance." "While the program was created to help farmers manage risk, premiums are set using a formula that fails to equip them for the challenges of climate change," states NRDC. "Instead, the program spurs farmers to make risky production decisions." NRDC points out that besides saving taxpayer dollars in insurance payouts, expanding climate-friendly agricultural practices helps "ensure a reliable food supply for the nation even in the face of more extreme weather and climate risks." CONTACTS: CSANR, csanr. wsu.edu; NRDC, www.nrdc.org. EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of the nonprofit Earth Action Network. To donate, visit www. earthtalk.org. Send questions to: question@earthtalk.org. Midway Farms in Warsaw, ~rginia has employed conservation tillage systems and soil quality improvement practices to save water and stay resilient against the threats of climate change. Credit: Chesapeake Bay Program, FlickrCC. carbon each year and help soils retain an additional trillion gallons of water." But despite the benefits, fewer than seven percent of U.S. farms plant cover crops, while only one percent of total cropland nationally has them. NRDC would like to see the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP)--which is backed by U.S. Lic: #995342 • • •. • •. • •. • . .. •. • Grading • Seal Coating • Sign Installation • Paving • Striping • Thermoplastic • Culverts & Drains• •Wheel Stop & Road Markers www.j ulianasphalt.com (619)201-2361 mrsimser@gmail.com • FISHING REPORT • Howdy! From Lake Cuyamaca "Dusty Britches" here along with "Squat" and "The Graduate". Weather has been a factor here.., hot days, then high winds, and now high winds with a touch of precipitation.., then, a forecast of warming back up into the 90's by the end of the week. We had the "San Diego 100" mile endurance run over the weekend. A bunch of healthy looking folks springing around as if they were on pogo sticks. Some slept on the ground, some in their cars on the highway, some actually got rooms to ensure a good night's sleep before the big day. Lots of hub-bub the days before in preparation of the event. When all the dust settled they had 261 starters with 173 finishing, 88 drops, and only 14 no shows. Kris Brown produced the overall best time plodding out the course in 16 hours:59 minutes:48 seconds. Coming in second was Michael Carson running it in 18 hours: 01 minute; 57 seconds: and Buck Blankenship was overall third with a time of 20 hours: 26 minutes: 02 seconds. Teresa Kaiser was the first lady to cross the .finish line in 22 hours: 22 minutes: 51 seconds,.. Teresa was number 8 overall. This event takes considerable organization to pull off. Just the communication and logistics for the accountability Of each runner is a huge challenge to know where they are in the course, estimating their time from one point to another...' what to do and how to find a runner that hasn't checked in to an aid tation along the way. Then what to do when a runner drops out! of the rUn and how to evacuate and care for them if they are injured. Aid stations by the mile were located at Lake Cuyamaca (start), Paso Picacho (2.5), Chamber's Park (12.5), Sunrise-1 (21), Pioneer Mail-1 (28.2), Pine Creek (36.2), continued bn page 14 Irl Diamond Tom is an eight years young Miniature Schnauzerwho weighs 221bs. He arrived to the shelter as a stray and no one has come to claim this sweet boy. He is a friendly, mature guy who will make a wonderful companion for a family who isn't interested in puppy training. Diamond Tom doesn't shed too much but will require regular grooming to maintain his handsome coat. Meet him by asking for ID#1281921 Tag#C444. He can be adopted for $35. Keenan is an eJeven month old male orange tabby who weighs 71bs. He arrived to the shelter as a stray but with his handsome face, he won't be a stray for long. Keenan is a playful, curious guy who will bring you hours of entertainment with his antics. He will adapt quickly to a new environment and feel right a home in no time. Meet him by asking for ID#A1783837 Tag#C734. Keenan can be adopted for $58. All adoptions will include vaccinations, spaying/neutering (upon adoption), a microchip and free Vet visit. Dog fees also include a I yearlicense. Diamond Tom and Keenan are at our Central County Shelter, 5480 Gaines Street, San Diego. 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