Heat Waves and Crops Don’t Mix

In the last 40 years, catastrophic heat waves have become 16 times more common in America’s Midwest, according to a new study in the journal NPJ Climate and Atmospheric Science. This is particularly bad because wheat — one of America’s staple crops — is highly susceptible to heat stress. 

Once temperatures hit above 91 degrees Fahrenheit, wheat starts to break down — and when these soaring temperatures join prolonged periods of drought like what we’re seeing now, it makes for a really scarce harvest season.

SEEC’s Climate and Agriculture Task Force — led by Reps. Chellie Pingree (Maine) and Kim Schrier (Washington) — are working  to ensure this Farm Bill provides farmers with the resources they need to address the climate crisis, but the GOP majority is doing everything they can to cut these key climate change provisions. Please rush a contribution of any amount so our Members can keep up the fight for our farmers and for climate action.

Our farmers are on the frontlines of climate change. Getting the Farm Bill to the President’s desk isn’t some partisan agenda — it’s necessary to ensure we keep food on our tables. Can we count on your support to make sure these programs make it past the House’s anti-climate majority?