University of Nebraska Sends Reps. to Washington to Discuss Global Water Issues
The University of Nebraska is sending representatives to thenation's capital to lead discussions among industry experts and policy-makersin honor of World Water Day which is Friday, March 22.
On Wednesday, March 20, Roberto Lenton, executive directorof the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute, will introduce a paneldiscussion at the National Press Club. Lenton will join Margaret Zeigler,executive director of the Global Harvest Initiative, to set the context for apanel discussion, "Too Hot, Too Wet, Too Dry: Building Resilient Agroecosystems,"which is also the theme for the fifth global Water for Food Conference, being held May5-8 in Lincoln, Neb.
The discussion will feature four panelists:
- ManishBapna, executive vice president and managing director, World ResourcesInstitute;
- Dr.Heidi Cullen, chief climatologist, Climate Central;
- ClaudiaGarcia, senior director of global corporate affairs, Elanco; and
- PaulWeisenfeld, assistant to the administrator, Bureau for Food Security, UnitedStates Agency for International Development (USAID).
A second panel also led by Lenton and Ziegler and will covercomments on the future of American agriculture and the role water plays in asustainable rural future. Those panelists include:
- Dr.Cathie Woteki, undersecretary for research, education and economics, USDA
- MarkSvoboda, climatologist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln National DroughtMitigation Center
- JoelLipsitch, director of business integration and strategy, John Deere
- AprilHemmes, Iowa cattle and grain farmer
The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at theUniversity of Nebraska is a research, education and policy analysis institutecommitted to helping the world efficiently use its limited freshwaterresources, with particular focus on ensuring the food supply for current andfuture generations.