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Navigating Agriculture through the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

November 19, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm


This one day conference addressed the following important questions:

  • 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 on a regional scale and can it be a useful tool for future planning?
  • Is agriculture prepared for climate change and does it have a voice in climate change policy?

Recorded Presentations from Conference

Opening Remarks: Texas State Rep. Tracy O. King, District 80, Chairman—House Agriculture and Livestock Committee, Member—Natural Resources Committee.

Water-energy-food nexus—applications for agriculture communities: Dr. Rabi Mohtar, Texas Engineering Experiment Station Endowed Professor, Texas A&M University; Founding Director of Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute.

Water supply & demand —trends and challenges for the Southwest: Dr. Robert Mace, Deputy Executive Director, Texas Water Development Board.

Value of water to agricultural communities: Jason Coleman, P.E. General Manager, High Plains Water District.

The shale boom—Impacts for agriculture production and producers: Dr. Thomas Tunstall, Research Director, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Institute for Economic Development.

The future of renewable energy and agriculture: Dr. Wendell Porter, P.E., Lecturer, Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department, University of Florida.

Global market impacts and implications for local farms and ranches: Dr. James W. Richardson, Regents Professor & AgriLife Research Senior Faculty Fellow, Co-Director Agriculture & Food Policy Center, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University.

Innovation and technology applications for agriculture production: Dr. Reza Ehsani, Associate Professor of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, University of Florida, Citrus Research & Education Center.

Turning climate change into opportunities for agricultural producers: Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Regents Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University, Texas State Climatologist.

The rapidly evolving legal and regulatory framework for agriculture producers: Jim Bradbury, Attorney, James D. Bradbury, PLLC, Austin & Fort Worth, Texas.

Educating tomorrow’s nexus thinkers: Dr. Christopher T. Boleman, Assistant Director and State Leader for 4-H Youth Development, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, College Station, Texas.

Contact David Smith (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension) for more information


November 19, 2015
8:00 am - 5:30 pm


Animal Agriculture in a Changing Climate


Omni Austin Hotel Southpark
4140 Goevrernors Row
Austin, TX United States
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