Ron Rosmann has been an organic farmer in southwest Iowa for 33 years. He knows a thing or two about agriculture. And he knows climate change is not a distant threat. It’s a challenge he faces every day.

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Rosmann: “With normal weather patterns: Yes, you have variability. But the variability usually was spread out more evenly.”

As the climate changes, the weather extremes of the past are becoming the new normal, including sudden frost in late spring, wild temperature fluctuations year-round, and hundred-year floods occurring every few years.

Rosmann: “The old patterns do not exist anymore, where you could kind of bank on July being hot and dry. The averages do not apply.”

To try to adapt, Rosmann has diversified. He plants oats, wheat, and barley so he won’t lose everything if one crop fails.

But being part of the solution – not just adapting – means reducing global-warming pollution, so Rosmann says farmers should take a hard look at their practices and take steps to improve. It’s something he believes the next generation understands.

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Rosmann: “Young people seem to get and understand what’s going on with our environment better than the over-50 population. That’s where we have a lot of hope.”

Reporting credit: Justin Bull/ChavoBart Digital Media.
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