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Farmers in the Berkshires are adapting and planning for future impacts of climate change. Solutions depend on the farm size, food farmed, factors like the type of soil, and financial considerations. Food producers are turning to strategies. This is a time, local farm advocates say, to ensure the survival of local food production, as other parts of the country face multiyear droughts.

The new advisory commission created to help the state meet its carbon reduction requirements by shifting to cleaner buildings and addressing heating fuels that contribute to emissions was sworn in Wednesday and will begin gathering public input on the transition in March.