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Florida Climate Smart Agriculture Work Group
Solutions from the Land (SfL), in collaboration with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), initiated in late 2018 a climate smart agriculture dialogue with a group of highly respected and well networked agricultural and forestry thought leaders and value chain partners in the state.
The consensus view of the Work Group was that Florida agriculture was undergoing transformational change resulting from a growing population, land fragmentation, rising operating costs, labor shortages, trade imbalances and that changing climatic conditions represented a major threat multiplier to the future economic viability of the industry.
Based on these conditions, they committed to work together to accomplish the following mission:
The Florida Climate Smart Agriculture (FLCSA) initiative will identify and implement climate smart agriculture solutions and ecosystem services that benefit the public, producers and the planet.
Areas of Focus:
Work Group Activities
Develop a national ecosystem services monitoring network and AI-driven approaches to quantify the impact of ecosystem services.
Healthy Farms – Healthy Bays (HF-HB)
- Connecting upland ranchers, farmers and silviculture with downstream aquaculture and anglers.
- Work together towards a future where healthy and productive ecosystems, bays, rivers, and streams are underpinned and supported by vibrant and sustainable agricultural and fishing economy
Work Group Meetings
As part of the recruitment process, farmer leaders were advised that they would be joining a “self-directed” work group with the following mission:
- Review the impacts that extreme weather events and changing climatic conditions are having and are expected to have on the state’s agriculture and forestry sectors;
- Determine any need for and benefits of developing an agricultural and forestry adaptive management strategy for the state based on climate-smart agriculture principles; and
- If participants agree that such a strategy would be useful, develop an action plan for producing same.
More than 90% of the individuals nominated agreed to serve on the Work Group, and after two inaugural meetings in February and April 2019 concluded that there was work to be done, the group announced the Florida Climate Smart Agriculture Initiative.
The Florida Climate Smart Agriculture Work Group is working with Volo Foundation to produce videos and other media to share the stories of conservation in Florida. Op-eds and film appearances by FLCSA Co-Chairs Jim Strickland and Lynetta Usher-Griner can be found below!
In the Press
Stories from Florida Leaders
On December 14th in Gainesville, the Florida Climate Smart Agriculture Work Group hosted their second forum on pathways to sustainably intensify production, improve resilience and deliver ecosystem services. Read our report on Hurricane Impacts and...
Agriculture and Forestry in a Changing Climate: What the Future Holds for Florida--- On August 12, 2019 the Florida Climate Smart Agriculture Work Group – through Solutions from the Land and UF/IFAS – hosted Florida House Representative Kathy Castor and chair of...
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