Sep 28, 2019

Vermont's maple syrup is under threat from climate change

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Vermont farmers are using new technology to help them harvest maple syrup as temperature spikes from climate change impact harvesting season, reports CNBC.

Why it matters: Vermont produced $54.3 million worth of syrup in 2018 and it accounts for 38% of all maple syrup produced in the U.S. However, production could be pushed farther into northern Canada if temperatures continue to rise, according to CNBC.

The big picture: Maple syrup harvesting season has been cut by a week since 1870, per CNBC.

  • Warmer weather reduces the sugar content of the sap, which results in lower quality syrup, reports Wisconsin Public Radio.

New technology is allowing the farmers to increase production by allowing them to monitor maple syrup levels in a tree and do the tapping for them.

The bottom line: Farmers' efforts to carefully manage forests and curb invasive pests could be futile if the temp continues to rise.

  • Vermont's snowpack — which keeps temperatures within range for maple syrup and maintains soil health — has been melting faster over the years, writes CNBC.

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USDA's silence on climate crisis makes little sense to farmers

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The Trump administration's resistance to addressing climate change is exacerbating the Department of Agriculture's mostly unsuccessful attempts to help farmers cope with extreme weather, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Farmers and ranchers are already reckoning with the impacts of climate change today in their businesses, making federal action (or inaction) on the issue especially relevant.

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Early blizzard demolishes harvests already threatened by spring floods

After delaying planting in spring due to widespread floods throughout the Midwest, farmers are now hoping to recover from yet another obstacle: an early blizzard, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The big picture: Historic flooding in the spring led farmers to delay plantings due to drenched fields. An uncharacteristically early blizzard in northern states in recent days has only amplified the race to harvest, with farmers scrambling to pull their crops before they freeze.

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Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank steps down

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Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank has announced he will step down at the end of the year but will remain at the company as the executive chairman and brand chief, reports CNBC.

Why it matters: Under Armour has struggled in the North American market in recent years as competitors Nike and Addidas continue to dominate. The next CEO will be current Chief Operating Officer Patrik Frisk, who was brought on to help bolster the company's North American sales, per CNBC.

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