MEDIA ADVISORY: CONTINUING U.S. DROUGHT IMPERILS U.S. PLANTING SEASON

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MEDIA ADVISORY: CONTINUING U.S. DROUGHT IMPERILS U.S. PLANTING SEASON – AGRICULTURE AND CLIMATE EXPERTS
Productivity and Food Security Briefing Reviews Latest Data at Start of U.S. Planting Season

Washington/March 18, 2013 – The 2012-2013 drought poses threats to domestic agriculture as spring planting season begins. Agriculture and climate experts will present the latest data available on water, drought, agriculture, and food security at a briefing presented by the Global Harvest Initiative and Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska. The March 20 briefing will also coincide with United Nations’ World Water Day and National Ag Day. Briefers will focus on an important question: How will American farmers cope with climate challenges to produce enough food?

What: Too Hot, Too Wet, Too Dry: Building Resilient Agroecosystems
When: Wednesday, March 20, 2013; 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: 328A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
Who: Dr. Cathie Woteki, Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Mark Svoboda, Climatologist, National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Joel Lipsitch, Director of Business Integration and Strategy, John Deere
April Hemmes, Iowa cattle and grain farmer
Dr. Ronnie Green (moderator), Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Interviews:   In addition to the panelists, leaders of the sponsor organizations will be available for media interviews, including Dr. Margaret Zeigler, executive director, Global Harvest Initiative, and Dr. Roberto Lenton, executive director, the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska.
Twitter: @Harvest2050, @WaterforFood; hashtag: #water4food
Website: http://www.globalharvestinitiative.org/index.php/briefing-mar-20-2013-2pm/

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The Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) is a private-sector voice for productivity growth throughout the agricultural value chain to sustainably meet the demands of a growing world. GHI believes the right policies can improve global food and nutrition security by accelerating agricultural productivity gains while conserving natural resources. Every year GHI releases its signature GAP Report®, an annual benchmark of the global rate of agricultural productivity. Established in 2009, GHI’s growing membership includes Accenture, DuPont, Elanco, IBM, John Deere, and Monsanto. Visit us at http://www.globalharvestinitiative.org, Twitter @Harvest2050, http://www.twitter.com/harvest2050, and Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/GlobalHarvestInitiative

The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute (WFI) at the University of Nebraska is a research, policy analysis and education institute committed to helping the world efficiently use its limited freshwater resources to ensure food security for current and future generations. The Institute was established in April 2010 with a gift from the Robert B. Daugherty Charitable Foundation to the University of Nebraska. The WFI conducts research, policy analysis and educational programs on the efficiency and sustainability of water use in agriculture, the quantity and quality of water resources, and the human issues that affect the water decision-making process. http://waterforfood.nebraska.edu

 

Speaker bios – Senate Agriculture Panel

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