Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced June 5 that the department will create seven regional climate hubs that, in partnership with agriculture stakeholders, will conduct vulnerability assessments as well as provide regionally appropriate advice on risk management and on climate change adaptation. The hubs were announced alongside several other initiatives, such as a tool for carbon evaluation and management, as part of a federal effort to assist the agriculture industry in adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change.