August 24, 2017
Latest news and updates
World Water Week 2017: Water and Waste - Reduce and Reuse
The Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute will again participate in World Water Week , organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute. This year's event is Aug. 27 to Sept. 1, and will focus on "Water and Waste - Reduce and Reuse."

DWFI will participate in the following:

11.00-12.30 | Room: NL 353

09.00-17:00 (Three sessions) | Room: FH Congress Hall C

16.00-17.30 | Room: FH 307

Follow DWFI on social media during the conference, as well as the larger discussion surrounding the event by using the hashtag #WWWeek.
Nebraska-Argentina collaborative workshop to explore high productivity agriculture with center pivot irrigation
DWFI looks forward to working with Argentine partners to help the country improve its agricultural productivity through sustainable irrigation development and management. On Sept. 6 and 7, a workshop focused on “High Productivity Agricultural Production with Center Pivot Irrigation” will be jointly hosted by the Argentine government, DWFI and the Office of Global Engagement within the UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the Ministry of Agroindustry in Buenos Aires.

This workshop is the culmination of meetings and relationships cultivated between NU, DWFI and Argentine producers, policymakers and business leaders in the past year .
DWFI continues educational partnership with IHE Delft
The University of Nebraska, DWFI and IHE Delft are pleased to renew their Memorandum of Understanding for another five years. This partnership helps develop new global leaders in water and food security by:

  • Conducting joint field courses, field trips and student exchanges between IHE graduate students (essentially all from developing countries) and University of Nebraska graduate students.
  • Conducting collaborative research proposals/projects on water for food topics, such as application of hydroinformatics for improved water management, application of advanced technologies for irrigation management, water use efficiency, crop yield models, groundwater modeling, aquifer characterization and others.
  • Continuing implementation of the Double Master of Science degree program that emphasizes the development and management of water for food production (intended for students from developing countries).
  • Fostering opportunities for faculty exchanges between NU and IHE.

Pictured (L to R): Dean Eisenhauer, Peter G. McCornick, Hank Bounds and Ron Yoder
DWFI joins Africa Groundwater Commission stakeholder meeting
Groundwater is a critical water source to increase water and food security in Africa, and must be developed and managed effectively. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute Executive Director Peter G. McCornick (pictured below), Director of Policy Nick Brozovic and Irrigation Specialist Lameck Odhiambo were invited to participate in the Africa Groundwater Commission's inaugural meeting, July 24-25, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The workshop, convened by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) , focused on strengthening Africa's water resources management. Various stakeholders discussed the commission's strategy, governance aspects, funding mechanisms and more. An outcome of the event was the recommendation to increase the attention to groundwater use in agriculture to ensure resilience and sustainability.

Following the workshop, the team visited Dodoma to meet with various partners involved in the collaborative CIRCLES irrigation project. They talked with community members about the project goals and visited the sites where center pivots are being installed for agricultural development. View photos from the CIRCLES project.
Developing the next generation of Rwandan leaders in agriculture and natural resources
On Aug. 17, more than 50 Rwandan scholars participating in the UNL College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Undergraduate Scholarship Program presented their summer Experiential Learning projects related to agricultural systems. Twelve of the students worked directly with the DWFI Faculty Fellows. The institute was honored to help sponsor the poster event and is eager to see how these future leaders contribute to the agricultural development in their home country.
Field research helps grow knowledge and tomorrow’s water and agricultural leaders 
This summer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln student researchers Sandeep Bhatti and Bella Possignolo worked with DWFI Faculty Fellow Derek Heeren on a variable rate irrigation (VRI) management project near Mead, Nebraska. Managing the field work, and associated data and technology, is challenging and rewarding, as they gain invaluable hands-on experience. DWFI is proud to help foster a new generation of global leaders who will help improve water efficiency and agricultural productivity.
Husker Harvest Days celebrates 40 years
“Small Changes, Big Payback: Strengthening Nebraska’s Agricultural Economy” is the theme for UNL's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources exhibits at Husker Harvest Days, Sept. 12-14, the 40th annual farm show located near Grand Island. DWFI staff will be on hand to help provide information on a pilot program that provides free energy and water meters to help farmers make more informed decisions regarding groundwater and energy use. View brochure.
Water for Food student achievements
James Keeler (left), UNL Agricultural Economics M.S. student, earned first place honors in the student oral presentation contest at the 2017 Universities Council on Water Resources Annual Conference. His presentation was titled "Irrigation Under Crop Insurance." Keeler's adviser is DWFI Faculty Fellow Taro Mieno and he is working with Director of Policy Nick Brozovic on the USDA project, "Developing and Promoting Water-, Nutrient-, and Climate-Smart Technologies to Help Agricultural Systems Adapt to Climate and Societal Changes.”

Vaishali Sharda (right), Nebraska Water Center post-doctoral research associate, earned a Superior Paper Award at the 2017 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) conference in Spokane, Washington. The title of the paper is "Value of ENSO-Forecasted Drought Information for the Management of Water Resources of Small to Mid-Size Communities."
On the blog
Interns explore water use in farming at the field level in western Nebraska

Water and natural resources tour visits Nebraska’s central Platte River basin

Faculty Fellows in the news
University leads research into heat-tolerant crops 
DWFI Faculty Fellow Harkamal Walia, UNL plant molecular physiologist, has been awarded a $5.78 million National Science Foundation grant to study how high nighttime temperatures affect crops. Learn more.
NSF grant to boost graduate education in ag resilience
DWFI Faculty Fellow Craig Allen, UNL wildlife ecologist , will lead a new agricultural resilience training program designed to help students and professionals make informed decisions about how to best use limited natural resources amid growing demands for food, energy and water. Learn more.
Rogan receives Sparks award
DWFI Faculty Fellow Eleanor Rogan, UNMC p ublic and environmental health expert, received the Chancellor Robert D. Sparks Award in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. The honor recognizes her commitment to the health of all Nebraskans, which is illustrated by her nearly five decade long career in education, research, leadership and service. Learn more.
How a nuclear warhead could trigger devastating climate change
DWFI Faculty Fellows Adam Liska, UNL biological systems engineer, and Robert Oglesby, UNL climate modeler, co-authored a report on the disastrous climate effects of a potential nuclear attack, including drought and famine. Learn more.
Plant scientists aim to turn sorghum into jet fuel
DWFI Faculty Fellow Edgar Cahoon, UNL plant geneticist, is part of a team working to working to expand the oil-producing capability of sorghum, part of the U.S. Department of Energy's efforts to develop and use biomass products as a sustainable energy resource. Learn more.
Upcoming events
"Remote sensing for agricultural crop canopy measurement and non-point source pollution risk evaluation" hosted by Nebraska Engineering (UNL and UNO)

Aug. 24: University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center Water and Crops Field Day - “Conversations on the Cutting Edge” (North Platte, Nebraska)

“Applications of Graphene-­‐Based Materials in Water Treatment Technologies” (UNL)

Sept. 7: “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman” - Movie Night and Discussion , co-hosted by the UNL School of Natural Resources (UNL)
Panel to include DWFI Faculty Fellows P. Stephen Baenziger and Anthony Schutz

Sept. 12-14: Husker Harvest Days (Grand Island, Nebraska)

C.K. Duryea, Director of Development
C.K. Duryea has nearly 20 years of development experience having worked for the Salvation Army, Methodist Hospital Foundation, World Vision, Children International and now the University of Nebraska Foundation. In 2013, Duryea received the Robert J. Sandberg Award for her notable and distinct service to the gift planning profession.
Prior to entering the fundraising world, she was legal counsel for twelve years for the late Senator LaVon Crosby of Lincoln, Nebraska. Duryea was born and raised on a farm in Seward County, Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in English and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska Law College. Her passion is helping people find how they want to make a difference in the world and working with them to do it.
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. | (+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. | (+1) 402.472.3305