 Agriculture, food, energy, and  natural resources security at  the epicenter of global  challenges Overview of Nebraska...
• Profitability, increase efficiency and  productivity, reduce labor• Natural resources considered free and  unlimited, of...
 Growing global population in  a closed system Recognition of links between  local and global food security,  health, po...
Source: Food Economics and Consumer         Choice (Simmons, 2008)
 40% increase in population by 2050,  doubling the demand for food 1/3 of world’s population suffering  from water short...
Green bars show 95%confidence intervals                          2005 was the warmest year on record; the                 ...
“Science and technology must spearheadagricultural production in the next 40 yearsat a pace faster than the Green Revoluti...
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 47,400 farms and ranches + largest aquifer 45.6M acres of farmland, largest irrigated state and  watershed network 1st...
1 in 3 Nebraska jobs are result of agribusiness activity                                 ROI of                          ...
 Ag receipts in 2011 projected to be over $23 B Ag net income projected to be at $5.4 B Land prices escalating (22% exp...
Diversity of climate and soils enables the testing of crops   and agronomics in 4 major agro-ecological zones
 Major river systems: Platte, Loup, Republican High Plains Aquifer, largest in North America    More than 2 billion acr...
 54% rainfed 46% irrigated
 20,000 undergraduates, 5,000  graduate students Top 10% of US public universities in  R&D expenditures Areas of streng...
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IANR really is . . .               1,615people passionate about making a           difference• 1,200 IANR employees work o...
Established in April, 2010 with a $50 million gift fromthe Robert B. Daugherty Charitable FoundationVision: The Water for ...
 WFI is a research, policy analysis and education institute  focused on growing more food using less water    Address is...
 More than 100 faculty work in water and food issues  at NU   – Groundwater – surface water interactions   – Drought pred...
 Quantify ag systems productivity,  yield potential and impact on the  environment Model how high yields can rise on  ex...
 Irrigation engineering fundamentals Evapotranspiration (crop water use) Crop water use efficiency (water productivity)...
 Complete innovation pipeline from lab to field   – Genomics of crops’ tolerance to stress, disease and improved     nutr...
 National Drought Mitigation Center   – Global leadership in drought      management   – Drought monitoring/early warning...
 Extensive modeling of groundwater-  surface water interactions and  characterization of the High Plains  aquifer Apply ...
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  1. 1.  Agriculture, food, energy, and natural resources security at the epicenter of global challenges Overview of Nebraska agriculture and natural resources University of Nebraska at work for food, fuel, and water security
  2. 2. • Profitability, increase efficiency and productivity, reduce labor• Natural resources considered free and unlimited, off-field effects unknown, social and economic dynamics secondary
  3. 3.  Growing global population in a closed system Recognition of links between local and global food security, health, poverty and social/political stability Increased demand per capita for food, water, fiber and energy - tradeoffs loom large; need for disruptive technologies
  4. 4. Source: Food Economics and Consumer Choice (Simmons, 2008)
  5. 5.  40% increase in population by 2050, doubling the demand for food 1/3 of world’s population suffering from water shortages By 2025, 2/3 will be affected by scarcities Agriculture responsible for 70% of all water withdrawals We must grow more food with less water
  6. 6. Green bars show 95%confidence intervals 2005 was the warmest year on record; the 14 warmest all occurred since 1990; 24 out of the 25 warmest since 1980.http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs/
  7. 7. “Science and technology must spearheadagricultural production in the next 40 yearsat a pace faster than the Green Revolution did during the past three decades.” Jacques Diouf Director General, FAO
  8. 8. http://www.naute.com/images/evolutionofman.jpg
  9. 9.  47,400 farms and ranches + largest aquifer 45.6M acres of farmland, largest irrigated state and watershed network 1st nationally in commercial red meat production 2nd nationally in ethanol production capacity 4th nationally in value of ag products sold 5th nationally in value of crops
  10. 10. 1 in 3 Nebraska jobs are result of agribusiness activity ROI of 15 to 1
  11. 11.  Ag receipts in 2011 projected to be over $23 B Ag net income projected to be at $5.4 B Land prices escalating (22% expected increase in 2011) Generational transfer of land in NE projected at $8 B over the next five years  Total asset value of NE farm real estate to be potentially transferred is estimated at $81 B
  12. 12. Diversity of climate and soils enables the testing of crops and agronomics in 4 major agro-ecological zones
  13. 13.  Major river systems: Platte, Loup, Republican High Plains Aquifer, largest in North America  More than 2 billion acre-feet of water  Decades of data characterizing the aquifer Nebraska #1 in irrigated cropland in the US
  14. 14.  54% rainfed 46% irrigated
  15. 15.  20,000 undergraduates, 5,000 graduate students Top 10% of US public universities in R&D expenditures Areas of strength – Agriculture/Life Sciences – Water and Climate – Nanoscience & materials science – Energy sciences – Transportation – Math, physics
  16. 16. Barta Bros GSLHPAL
  17. 17. IANR really is . . . 1,615people passionate about making a difference• 1,200 IANR employees work on campus• 400 IANR employees are located in Nebraska communities statewide• 560 total faculty
  18. 18. Established in April, 2010 with a $50 million gift fromthe Robert B. Daugherty Charitable FoundationVision: The Water for Food Institute is a research,education and policy institute committed to helpingthe world efficiently use its limited freshwaterresources, with particular focus on ensuring the foodsupply for current and future generations.
  19. 19.  WFI is a research, policy analysis and education institute focused on growing more food using less water  Address issues important in Nebraska and globally  Developed and developing nations  Large-scale production ag and translation to small-holder farmers  Irrigated and rainfed agriculture  Emphasis on sustainability of water and agriculture systems
  20. 20.  More than 100 faculty work in water and food issues at NU – Groundwater – surface water interactions – Drought prediction & mitigation – Irrigation efficiency, evapotranspiration measurement & modeling – Plant genomics, breeding and biotechnology – Agroecology, crop yield modeling, cropping systems – Food science & technology – Information technology, advanced software development – Remote sensing & GIS – Water and ag economics, policy and law – Human dimensions of water use
  21. 21.  Quantify ag systems productivity, yield potential and impact on the environment Model how high yields can rise on existing land while protecting and sustaining natural resources Provides basis for predicting trends in global food security, local-level food production capacity and land use change with sustainable practices Global Yield Gap Atlas being developed
  22. 22.  Irrigation engineering fundamentals Evapotranspiration (crop water use) Crop water use efficiency (water productivity) Irrigation and crop yield relationships Measurement and modeling of surface energy balance variables Dissemination of research results to farmers, crop consultants, and state agency personnel
  23. 23.  Complete innovation pipeline from lab to field – Genomics of crops’ tolerance to stress, disease and improved nutritional quality – Plant transformation of all major crops – Plant breeding and variety development: wheat, sorghum, soybean Dedicated field-scale facilities for testing of GMO crops
  24. 24.  National Drought Mitigation Center – Global leadership in drought management – Drought monitoring/early warning systems: – Risk assessment/decision support tools – Drought planning and mitigation Climate modeling, supercomputing capacity, remote sensing
  25. 25.  Extensive modeling of groundwater- surface water interactions and characterization of the High Plains aquifer Apply this expertise to identifying aquifers suitable for new groundwater irrigation – Many areas have scarce data on groundwater characteristics needed for sustainable aquifer development
  26. 26. BrazilRussiaIndiaChina& Africa
  27. 27. Innovation Campus
  28. 28. FoodFuelWater

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