Researchers and farmers hope collaboration can make Vermont agriculture more resilient within a changing climate.
The Northeast Organic Farming Association held a long-term farm management planning workshop on the subject Monday.
Presenters say over the last 10 years they've seen temperature variations in both the winter and the summer, leading to new issues for pets and pests. Drought is also a concern, but event organizers say large, intense rain events currently pose the biggest threat.
"So the biggest concern that farmers are concerned about is flooding, but there are sort of peripheral issues such as drought-- kind of the opposite of flooding-- and the issues of newer pests coming in and affecting the climate of farming in Vermont," said Kate Westdijk, who organized the event.
Organizers say weather issues affect both crop and livestock producers, and noted that many Vermont farmers raise both.
The discussion is part of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont's annual winter conference which began Saturday and wrapped up Monday.