July 13, 2017
Latest news and updates
Knowledge sharing and networking | Recent events and meetings
DWFI meets with Argentine partners to discuss future collaborations
Sustainable irrigation development and management in agriculture is a growing priority in Argentina to ensure future water and food security. On July 7, Executive Director Peter G. McCornick joined a delegation of leaders from the University of Nebraska to discuss water for food innovations with officials and representatives in Buenos Aires, and La Plata, Argentina (pictured). A collaborative workshop is being planned with the Argentine partners to explore, "Scaling-up High Productivity Sustainable Agriculture." The event is scheduled to be held in early September at the Ministry of Agroindustry in Buenos Aires.
Indian Agricultural Research Institute delegation visits Nebraska
DWFI welcomed colleagues from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute June 19-22 for a series of discussions with our staff and University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers surrounding ways to work together to improve drought water management, agricultural production and food security. The group was able to experience some of the world-class research conducted at the Greenhouse Innovation Center (pictured) and the UNL Eastern Nebraska Research & Extension Center at the ARDC near Mead, Nebraska.
Welcome reception held for new WARI class
On July 5, DWFI hosted a welcome reception for the new class of fellows and interns participating in WARI, the Water Advanced Research and Innovation program. The reception featured a presentation by Rajesh Singh (pictured) outlining his research on arsenic mobilization in Nebraska's groundwater. Singh is part of the first WARI class and will conclude his fellowship this month.  The 2017 WARI class features five postdoctoral fellows and six PhD students who are researching water quantity and quality under the mentorship of water science faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Learn more.
Workshop launches Water Education Leaders for Secondary Science program
From June 12-16, a group of more than 25 Nebraska K-12 educators were immersed in water learning as part of a workshop led by DWFI Faculty Fellow Cory Forbes, associate professor of science education with the UNL School of Natural Resources. The workshop launched the Water Education Leaders for Secondary Science (WELS2) program, which is designed to help the state's teachers develop stronger knowledge of water and water resources that can be translated into their curriculum. The next phase of the 15-month continuing education program will involve DWFI-led activities.
McCornick shares insights on the water for food challenge

During an interview with the Bio Nebraska Life Sciences Association, Executive Director Peter G. McCornick shared his thoughts concerning the current state of global water and food security, including technological advances and the University of Nebraska's role in finding solutions. Learn more.

Ag leaders present latest technology innovations at summit
On June 13-14, DWFI program coordinator Kate Gibson participated in the Agricultural Economic and Technology Summit in Kearney, Nebraska. She presented the University of Nebraska's collaborative farm database project — a user-friendly web portal that helps producers, researchers, Nebraska's Natural Resources Districts and others make more informed decisionsLearn more.
On the blog
Student field trip sheds light on Nebraska’s farm communities

After weeks of research, DWFI student interns ventured into the field to learn from a Nebraska farming community firsthand: how people communicate, who they trust and why. Read blog.

Testing Ag Performance Solutions

A new program at the University of Nebraska gamifies the growing season — sparking friendly competition between growers and scientists. Learn more about TAPS, co-led by DWFI Faculty Fellow Daran Rudnick. Read blog.

Faculty Fellows in the news
Warning system gets the early drop on drought
The Quick Drought Response Index, or QuickDRI, is a weekly alarm sensitive to early-stage drought conditions and rapidly evolving drought events. Developed by the University of Nebraska's Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies and the National Drought Mitigation Center, and in coordination with USGS, the index combines and analyzes four drought indicators — precipitation, soil moisture, vegetation health and evaporative moisture loss from plants — all at once to better “see” drought conditions emerge before traditional drought-monitoring tools. The project team includes several DWFI Faculty Fellows from UNL, including Brian Wardlow, Brian Fuchs, Mark Svoboda and Tsegaye Tadesse. Learn more.
Hayes, Svoboda contribute to EU disaster risk management report

Faculty Fellows Michael Hayes and Mark Svoboda, climatologists with the National Drought Mitigation Center at UNL, contributed their drought expertise in a new European Commission report examining disaster risk management. Learn more.

Mamo recognized for contributions to soil science
Faculty Fellow Martha Mamo, UNL professor of agronomy and horticulture, received the Soil Science Education and Extension award from the Soil Science Society of America. The award honors soil scientists who have made outstanding educational contributions through resident, extension or industrial education. Mamo’s research focus is on soil chemistry/biochemistry, mob grazing and international agriculture. Learn more.
Martha Mamo
Elmore named a fellow of the Crop Science Society of America
Faculty Fellow Roger Elmore, UNL professor of agronomy and horticulture, was named a fellow of the Crop Science Society of America. The award is the society’s highest recognition. Elmore is co-leader of a new cover crop research project supported by the Nebraska Soybean Board and Nebraska Corn Board. His research program focuses on farming production practices that increase profit through optimizing yields and water use. Learn more.
Roger Elmore
Upcoming events
Stockholm World Water Week 2017
DWFI will again participate in Stockholm World Water Week, the annual focal point for global water issues. Executive Director Peter G. McCornick, Director of Policy Nick Brozovic and Director of Research Christopher Neale will represent the University of Nebraska during two events focused on water for food: a panel examining climate-smart agriculture in the U.S. High Plains and a three-part seminar focused on wastewater reuse in agriculture. This year's event, Aug. 27 to Sept. 1, will focus on "Water and Waste - Reduce and Reuse." DWFI will participate in the following:

August 29
Co-conveners: DWFI, Stockholm International Water Institute, International Water Management Institute and the St ockholm Environment Institute

Organizer: Colorado State University
Spotlight
Luan Peroni Venancio, visiting research scholar
Luan Venancio is an agricultural engineering PhD student from the University Federal of Viçosa, Brazil. He came to the institute in March 2017 to work with Director of Research Christopher Neale on remote sensing projects.

Venancio’s research interest lies in working with satellite images (Landsat, MODIS and Sentinel) to map water use in agriculture, estimate crop evapotranspiration (annual crops), and monitor crops through vegetation indexes and estimative biomass. He is an agronomy engineer and holds a master’s degree in plant production from the University Federal of Espírito Santo, Alegre, ES, Brazil.

When Venancio returns to Brazil in the fall, he plans to keep working with remote sensing and share the knowledge he gained in Nebraska with his advisers, professors, classmates and others. In the future, he hopes to work in Brazil professionally in agricultural development.
About us
The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska was founded in 2010 by the Robert B. Daugherty Foundation to address the global challenge of achieving food security with less stress on water resources through improved water management in agricultural and food systems. The institute is committed to ensuring a water and food secure world while maintaining the use of water for other human and environmental needs.  
waterforfood.nebraska.edu | (+1) 402.472.5145

The Nebraska Water Center, established by Congress in 1964, focuses on helping the University of Nebraska become an international leader in water research, teaching, extension and outreach by facilitating programs that will result in UNL becoming a premiere institution in the study of agricultural and domestic water use.
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