What is the Agriculture Resilience Plan?
This is a plan that will help farmers in our county plan for future changes and risk. The plan will help us build a resilient agricultural community into the future through a combination of information gathering and sharing, creation of online planning tools, project scoping and design, project implementation, and farmland protection.
FYI: Here is the corrected link for the Sea Level Rise study - http://www.washington.edu/news/2018/07/30/sea-level-rise-report-contains-best-projections-yet-for-washingtons-coasts/
“Resilience” is defined as the ability of something to withstand change or difficulties. Farmers have honed this skill – constantly adapting to changes in markets, regulations, and weather over the years. Now climate change has introduced new difficulties. We have already experienced increased temperatures and higher intensity rainfall events…these and other impacts are expected to continue into the future.
The Snohomish Conservation District is working with our agricultural community to develop an Agriculture Resilience Plan for Snohomish County that will be a road map for adapting to these many changes.
We expect the plan to answer questions like “how often will I be flooded?”, “will the groundwater table be higher?”, “how will sea level rise impact my drainage?”, “will irrigation water be available during droughts?”, “how can I take advantage of a longer growing season and higher CO2 levels?”, “what funding is available to help me adapt?”
The goals of the plan are to:
- Provide information and project funding for farmers to manage for future risk on their farms
- Develop landscape-scale projects to improve agricultural resilience
- Protect agricultural lands from subdivision or development
Click here to view and download the printable brochure or read on to learn more about this effort.