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Resilience refers to the ability of individuals, communities, or systems to adapt, recover, and bounce back from challenges, adversity, or stress. It’s the capacity to withstand and navigate difficult circumstances. Resilience is growing and thriving as a result of challenges.

Increases in weather anomalies, economic instability, and fluctuation in markets has led to greater instability in agricultural production systems. NOAA predicts there have been over 330 billion-dollar weather disasters in the U.S. since 1980, with 60 of these events occurring in the 2020-2023 (NOAA, 2023).

Resilient operations withstand and recover from weather disasters and market volatility more quickly and effectively than their counterparts, and experience reduced losses due to unforeseen occurences.

Reference: NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters (2023)., DOI: 10.25921/stkw-7w73

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“Forages can raise resilience baseline” – Kim Cassida, Hay and Forage Grower