Conservation Matters October 2015

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Water-energy-food nexus topic of Nov. 19 symposium

 Water-energy-food nexus topic of Nov. 19 symposium

Discussions on the challenge of the agricultural industry feeding an increased population in the future and the linkage between food, water and energy will highlight a daylong symposium Nov. 19 in Austin.

The Navigating Agriculture through the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Symposium is set for 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Omni Austin Hotel Southpark, 4140 Governors Row.

Registration is $125 and includes lunch. Registration is available at

David Smith, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist, said the program is aimed toward AgriLife Extension educators, technical service providers, regulatory agencies, academic institutions, agricultural commodity groups, producers and agricultural science teachers.

Questions that will 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 event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture project, Animal Agriculture in a Changing Climate.

For more information, contact Smith at

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