Ames is one of seven regional "climate hubs" that will be tasked with providing guidance to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help them deal with the effects of climate change, according to

The program will be overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and comes on the heels of President Barack Obama's vow last week to act aggressively on climate change.

Ames will join Durham, N.H., Raleigh, N.C., Fort Collins, Colo., El Reno, Okla., Corvallis, Ore., and Las Cruces, N.M.