The results from the most recent Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll are now available and are loaded with insight about Iowa farmers’ perspectives on global warming. According to the poll, 68% of Iowa farmers believe climate change is occurring, and 28% are not sure. Only 5% of those surveyed said climate change is not occurring.
The poll’s findings closely mirror the sentiments expressed by a group of Iowa scientists who co-signed a statement on climate change in November. That statement read, in part:
“…changes in Iowa’s climate have clear connections to changes in global climate and to changes in how we use the land. As the global climate continues to evolve, our farmers and city planners will face new challenges to maintain the prosperity of our state and its role in national and global food security.”
Since its release in November, more scientists have added their signatures, bringing the current total to 36 signers representing 24 colleges and universities in Iowa.