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.

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