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Cargill exec believes ag industry can adapt to climate change

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A new report on climate change has dire predictions for Wisconsin's and other states' ability to keep producing the food we need.

However, one executive says nothing is mentioned about agriculture's traditional ability to adapt.

Greg Page, the executive chairman of Cargill, says farmers will adjust their crop plantings -- and farmers will work together with the food supply chain to mitigate some of the doomsday scenarios.

The new report, called "Risky Business," says global warming could cause U.S. production of corn, soybeans, wheat, and cotton to drop 14 percent by the middle of the century, and up to 42 percent late in the century.

It cites extreme heat in the nation's mid-section.

Page served on the advisory committee for the "Risky Business" report, and he spoke to agriculture reporters about the possible effects. It predicts lower crop yields in the Midwest and south due to more drought and floods.

At the same time, it says warmer temperatures and carbon fertilization could improve productivity and crop yields in northern states like Wisconsin.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)