Conservation Matters August 2015

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Water, energy, food symposium to be held Nov. 19 in Austin

Water, energy, food symposium to be held Nov. 19 in Austin

Organizers of the Navigating Agriculture through the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Symposium plan to get the agricultural industry talking about how to feed 9 billion people by 2050, in a time of increased competition for limited natural resources, according to David Smith, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist.

The event will be held Nov. 19 at the Omni Austin Hotel Southpark, 4140 Governors Row, in Austin.

The program is for AgriLife Extension educators, technical service providers, regulatory agencies, academic institutions, agricultural commodity groups, producers and agricultural science teachers, Smith said.

Some questions to be addressed include: What are the linkages between water, energy and food systems? What are the interdependencies and tradeoffs that will influence future policy and sustainability of agriculture? How does the water-energy-food nexus function from local to regional scales, and can it be a useful tool for future planning? Is agriculture prepared to manage risks from climate variability and does it have a voice in climate change policy?

“This will be a unique opportunity to hear from a distinguished panel of experts as they discuss these and other issues facing agriculture and the rural communities that support this vital industry,” Smith said.

Registration is limited and is available at

This event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture project “Animal Agriculture in a Changing Climate” led by Smith and Dr. Saqib Mukhtar, former AgriLife Extension engineer and associate head of the Texas A&M University department of biological and agricultural engineering.

Read the full AgriLife Today article for speakers and topics, symposium agenda and more details.

For more information, contact Smith at For more background on the water-energy-food nexus, see this recent txH2O article.

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