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Climate Change Program Office

The Climate Change Program Office (CCPO) coordinates USDA’s responses to climate change, focusing on implications of climate change on agriculture, forests, grazing lands, and rural communities.  CCPO ensures that USDA is a source of objective, analytical assessments of the effects of climate change and proposed response strategies both within USDA and for our partners. CCPO is also responsible for coordinating activities with other Federal agencies, interacting with the legislative branch on climate change issues affecting agriculture and forestry, and representing USDA on U.S. delegations to international climate change discussions. CCPO’s responsibilities include:

  • Analysis, planning, research coordination, and the development of climate change response strategies;
  • Providing liaison with other Federal agencies;
  • Informing the Department of scientific developments and policy issues relating to the effects of climate change on agriculture and forestry, and recommending responsive courses of action; and
  • Ensuring that recognition of the potential for climate change is fully integrated into USDA’s research, planning, and decision-making processes.