Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

USDA's Seven Climate Change Hubs Include Two in Indian Country


Two of the seven Climate Change Hubs designated today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) lie within Indian country and work closely with tribes.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced on February 5 the creation of seven hubs around the United States. The Southern Plains hub is at the Grazinglands Research Lab’s Agricultural Research Service, in El Reno, Oklahoma, in the heart of Cheyenne-Arapaho territory; and the Pacific Northwest hub is at the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service in Corvallis, Oregon, home to numerous tribes.

In addition to those, the other hubs are: Midwest, the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, Agricultural Research Service, Ames, Iowa; in the Northeast, the Northern Research Station, Forest Service, Durham, New Hampshire; in the Southeast is the Southern Research Station, Forest Service, Raleigh, North Carolina; Northern Plains, the National Resources Center, Agricultural Research Service, Fort Collins, Colorado, and in the Southwest, the Rangeland Management Unit/Jornada Experimental Range, Agricultural Research Service, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

There are also three so-called sub-hubs: a Southwest Sub-hub in Davis, California, a Southeast Sub-Hub in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and a Midwest Sub-Hub in Houghton, Michigan, the USDA said in a media release

Tribes are in the forefront of climate change effects, and many have plans in place to deal with the environmental consequences.

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President Obama has  reached out to tribes directly in his efforts to combat climate change and its ravages. 

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The creation of the hubs is one of the many measures being taken in accordance with President Barack Obama’s of-reiterated promise to do as much as he could within the parameters of his office to move the nation forward in the absence of congressional cooperation. He emphasized executive orders in his State of the Union address on Tuesday January 28, while giving climate change but a passing mention while talking about energy independence.

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Below, the USDA’s elaboration on the creation of the hubs and the U.S. administration’s response to climate change.