The Obama administration on Wednesday will announce the creation of seven "climate hubs" aimed at helping farmers mitigate the risk of catastrophic events, such as fires, droughts, floods and invasive pests, the White House said.
The hubs will provide information about ways producers can prepare for potential threats to their crops and livestock as parts of the country are experiencing increasing severe weather events and pest invasions, which scientists have tied to the affects of climate change. And they will coordinate resources through federal and state governments, universities and non-governmental agencies.
The announcement is part of President Obama's post-State of the Union push to build public support for his initiatives, including a series of executive actions aimed at advancing his agenda in areas where he has not gotten much cooperation from Congress.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who announced the development of the hubs last year, is scheduled to unveil the seven locations during the White House briefing. Administration officials said the following sites were chosen through a competitive process: