Global warming could affect Pennsylvania dairy farmers more profoundly than any other agricultural segment in the state, according to a new study released by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
"Among Pennsylvania farmers, dairy producers may experience the greatest challenges from climate change given the reliance on own-crop production, animal heat stress due to housing in the ambient environment, and impacts to forage quality that will affect productivity," the report said.
The report goes on to suggest that 40 years from now, the climate in the some of the main dairy areas of Pennsylvania, such as Lancaster County, could be more like Georgia or Maryland, depending on the severity of global warming.
The full report is available at www.depweb.state.pa.us (Fill in "Pennsylvania Climate Impact Assessment" in the keyword space.)
And, to read an article about this in the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era, click here.
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era.