Rural Industries and Climate Change

By Thomas Halverson

November 2019

In early 2019, CoBank president and chief executive officer Tom Halverson asked the CoBank Knowledge Exchange economists to help him better understand the impact of climate change and environmental regulation on the U.S. rural economy and how it affects the industries CoBank finances. The analysts compiled data on the environmental performance of rural industries – with long-term time series to show trends and changes over many years. The charts, anecdotes and other information they produced became the basis for presentations at CoBank industry conferences in the summer of 2019 as well as a companion series published on Tom's LinkedIn feed.

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