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Calling all photographers! What does 'Water for Food' look like to you? Is it a droplet of rain on a cassava crop? Is it a massive earthen dam? Is it rice farmers in Bangladesh or wheat farmers in North Dakota? We invite you to capture those moments that show Water for Food through the lens of your eyes and send them to us as part of the 2016 Water for Food Global Conference Photography Contest. Submissions are due April 10.

Read contest details, including prizes offered!

Water for Food co-presents on agriculture-water nexus 
On Jan. 20, colleagues from the Water for Food Institute, LI-COR Biosciences and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, among others, participated in a world cafe at the National Council for Science and the Environment's 16th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment in Washington, DC, USA. The session, "Future Challenges and Solutions at the Agriculture-Water Nexus," focused on the effects of drought mitigation led by interdisciplinary teams using targeted research, policy outreach, dynamic modeling and technology. Learn more. 
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Presenters for the Future Challenges and Solutions at the Agriculture-Water Nexus session at the NCSE Conference in Washington, DC, USA.

CropClimate launches, helps transform data into value
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CropClimate officially launched Jan. 15. The new tool developed by University of Nebraska-Lincoln crop simulation modeler and Water for Food Institute Faculty Fellow Guillermo Baigorria in collaboration with the private sector transforms complex data into a simple website platform that helps farmers reduce risk and optimize production. Learn more.

Watch CropClimate seminar. 

Employment opportunities
Nebraska Water Center
Research and Extension Communication Specialist See job listing

UNL School of Natural Resources - National Drought Mitigation Center
Climate Risk and Adaptation Scientist/National Drought Mitigation Center Director - Associate or Full Professor  See job listing 
Nebraska Water Center updates

Summer water tour to focus on Colorado's South Platte basin
Dillon Res Save the dates! Planning is underway for the 2016 Water and Natural Resources Tour this summer. Participants will travel to Colorado's South Platte River basin June 14-16. The tour will center on many South Platte basin and Denver metro area issues that affect not only Colorado water use, but downstream water availability and use in Nebraska. Registration will likely open May 1. Learn more.
On the blog

Happy New Year from the Water for Food Institute
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Water for Food Institute Founding Executive Director Roberto Lenton reflects on 2015, a year of tremendous progress for the institute, both globally and locally. Read blog.
Upcoming events

Transdisciplinary Conversations | Jan. 27

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Please join the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska for an informal event focused on the value of transdisciplinary approaches to research. Opening remarks will be given by Buffett Institute Founding Executive Director Samuel J. Meisels. A brief talk will follow by Jennie Cole-Mossman, co-director of the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children at UNL's Center on Children, Families and the Law. Learn more.

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 4:30-6 p.m.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Wick Alumni Center, 1520 R St.
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

Water and health seminar | Jan. 27
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Aquatic toxicologist and Water for Food Institute Faculty Fellow Alan Kolok (pictured) will present a lecture exploring water's impact on health. Kolok is a professor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

"Water and Health: Issues and Opportunities"
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Hardin Hall, UNL East Campus
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

See the full spring water seminar series schedule, presented by the Nebraska Water Center and UNL School of Natural Resources.

EnviroHour | Jan. 28
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The Lincoln Envirorun group will host a networking event in lieu of its monthly four-mile fun run. The public is invited to attend its inaugural EnviroHour, a gathering that brings together local leaders from various sectors and the environmental community to spark conversation, progress and partnership. Learn more.

EnviroHour networking event
Thursday, Jan. 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Cottonwood, 4410 S. 11 St.
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

Water solutions workshop to be held at NCTA | Jan. 28
NCTA workshop
The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis will hold an irrigation management workshop. The event is co-hosted by the Nebraska Water Balance Alliance and the University of Nebraska's West Central Research and Extension Center. Learn more.

"Low to High Tech Water Solutions"
Thursday, Jan. 28
Nebraska Ag Industry Education Center
Curtis, Nebraska, USA

Mini-symposium on drones in agriculture | Jan. 29
University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty and industry experts will discuss the use of unmanned aerial systems - drones - in agriculture. This event, hosted by the UNL Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, is free and open to the public. Learn more.

Mini-Symposium: Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones) in Agriculture
Friday, Jan. 29, 1-5 p.m.
UNL East Campus Union, Arbor Suite
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

KANEKO art exhibit to explore water | Feb. 5 - April 23 
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A new exhibition at the KANEKO art space in Omaha will focus on water, featuring projects from the Water for Food Institute and its affiliated faculty. WATER explores issues impacting water quality and sustainability both within the midwest and globally. These concepts will be highlighted through the combination of scientific data and fine art, while encouraging visitors to consider their own relationship with water.

The exhibition will be open to the public Feb. 5 to April 23. Learn more.

Transdisciplinary Conversations | March 10  
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Join us for a special Transdisciplinary Conversations event in partnership with KANEKO. The museum's WATER exhibition will be the focus of the event. Register now.

Thursday, March 10, 5-7 p.m.
KANEKO , 1111 Jones St.
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

2016 Water for Food Global Conference | April 24-26 
The 2016 Water for Food Global Conference, Catalytic Collaborations: Building Public-Private Partnerships for Water and Food Security, will take place April 24-26 at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Registration will open soon. Learn more.

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Spotlight: featured faculty  

Patricio Grassini, cropping systems agronomist
Patricio Grassini
Patricio Grassini's research, extension and educational activities focus on narrowing the gap between actual and potential crop yield. He studies crop physiology, yield potential, simulation modeling and resource- and energy-use efficiencies across a diverse range of cropping systems, including dryland crops in South America and sub-Saharan Africa and high-yield irrigated corn-soybean systems in the U.S. Corn Belt.

He currently leads a project to benchmark on-farm yields and input-use efficiencies in irrigated corn-soybean systems in Nebraska to improve producer profits while protecting the environment. Patricio also leads the Yield Forecasting Center, which provides real time corn yield forecasts across a large number of locations in the U.S. Corn Belt. He is also helping to develop the Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas, an international effort to identify gaps between actual and potential yield for major cropping systems worldwide.

Watch a short video with Grassini and learn more about his work. 
Water funding opportunities

U.S. Geological Survey and National Institutes for Water Resources
Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program | FY 2016 Announcement
Award amount: up to $250,000
Deadline: Feb. 25 (Investigators); March 17 (Approved by Institutes and submitted to grants.gov)

Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development
Deadline: Feb. 22

U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number - 10.961
Award amount: Subject to the availability of funds. USDA intends to provide approximately six Scientific Cooperation Research Program awards in fiscal year 2016.
Deadline: March 28

The Water for Food 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. We are committed to ensuring a water and food secure world while maintaining the use of water for other human and environmental needs.