By Laura Barron-Lopez - 02/05/14 12:11 AM EST
The Obama administration will announce the establishment of regional hubs focused on mitigating climate change on Wednesday.
The hubs are the first-ever regional centers that will focus solely on risk adaptation and climate change solutions at seven locations across the country.
Dubbed "climate hubs," the new centers will address issues like increasing risks of fires, invasive pests, devastating floods and crippling droughts, the official said. The centers will aim to translate science and research into usable information for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to adjust their resource management.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will formally announce the new initiative during the daily White House press briefing on Wednesday. Vilsack mentioned his intention to first create the hubs last summer.
“For generations, America's farmers, ranchers and forest landowners have innovated and adapted to challenges," Vilsack said in a statement on Wednesday.
"Today, they face a new and more complex threat in the form of a changing and shifting climate, which impacts both our nation's forests and our farmers' bottom lines."
"USDA's Climate Hubs are part of our broad commitment to developing the next generation of climate solutions, so that our agricultural leaders have the modern technologies and tools they need to adapt and succeed in the face of a changing climate," Vilsack added.
The seven designated locations for the hubs will service the surrounding region with climate change information and outreach.
The new climate hubs will be established in Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon and New Mexico.
There will also be three sub-hubs in Michigan, Puerto Rico and California.