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Water tour will explore the Platte and Colorado River basins
Registration will soon close for the annual water and natural resources tour, hosted by the Nebraska Water Center and the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District. Tour participants will travel through Colorado's central Front Range area and into the interior of the Rocky Mountains June 14-16. A stop in the Denver area will focus on growing urban water demands stemming from rapidly expanding population, industry and recreation. To make a reservation, email Holly Rahmann or phone (+1) 308.995.3560.

Scholarship opportunity | Application deadline is May 25

A limited number of student scholarship seats are available for the water tour. Submit your application by 2 p.m. May 25. For details, email Tricia Liedle or phone (+1) 402.472.3305.

NTV segment features WFI's incoming Executive Director Peter McCornick
Reporter Steve White with NTV's Grow program visited with Peter McCornick, the Water for Food Institute's incoming executive director, about what drew him to Nebraska and the unique opportunities the state has to help lead the effort in addressing global food and water insecurity. McCornick will begin his appointment at the University of Nebraska on Aug. 28.

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NTV's GROW | May 8, 2016

NSF grant to support development of new phenotyping instrument
UNL researchers phenotyping tool
Increased yields and crop stress tolerance are critical to addressing the world's food security challenges. A team of University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers, including Water for Food Institute Faculty Fellow Harkamal Walia (pictured on the far right), is developing a tool to better identify plant characteristics for improved crop performance through a new grant from the National Science Foundation. Learn more.

Water for Food Institute Research Forum held May 12
The Water for Food Institute's second annual Research Forum was held May 12 at the UNL East Campus Union. Students, postdocs and faculty gave brief presentations highlighting their research projects over the past year. A video with highlights from the forum will be available soon. (Pictured: UNL political science graduate student Maria Benes)

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University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, publishes results of WFI-funded research on sugarcane yield gaps
A study conducted by the Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in partnership with Embrapa and the University of Nebraska, evaluated the efficiency of sugarcane production in Brazil to help determine the level of yield gains possible on existing land. Learn more.

(Note: The article is in Portuguese)

Prizes to young talent applied to sustainable water management
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The Botín Foundation in Spain will award three prizes for outstanding innovations, ideas, projects and technologies developed by young professionals which have produced positive results for sustainable water management.

The call is open to researchers, technologists, social entrepreneurs, activists and journalists born after Jan. 1, 1976. Apply by July 31.
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WFF Conference View from the Field Panel
Collaboration is key
The Groundwater Foundation's Jessica Wheeler shares thoughts on the 2016 Water for Food Global Conference, highlighting the central role of collaboration in environmental stewardship.
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Upcoming events

Stockholm World Water Week | Aug. 28-Sept. 2
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Registration is open for World Water Week 2016, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute Aug. 28 to Sept. 2. This year's theme is Water and Sustainable Growth. The Water for Food Institute looks forward to co-convening two workshops Aug. 30:

Telling Your Story to Make an Impact
Co-conveners: CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) led by IWMI, KickStart International and Redstone

Role-playing How Water Markets Improve Food Security and the Environment
Co-convener: Mammoth Trading

Nebraska Water Center symposium and water law conference | Oct. 20-21
The Nebraska Water Center's annual water symposium is Thursday, Oct. 20, followed by a jointly sponsored NWC/University of Nebraska College of Law water law conference on Friday, Oct. 21. Both events will be held at Nebraska Innovation Campus. Though planning is just beginning, the symposium will feature presentations on water basins and panel discussions centered on the Upper and Lower Platte River, Republican, Blue and Niobrara Rivers. Learn more.
Water funding opportunities

U.S. Agency for International Development - Clean Water in Armenia
Participatory Utilization and Resource Efficiency of Water (PURE-Water) Activity
Estimated total program funding: $1,050,000
Expected number of awards: 1
Deadline: July 13

USAID-Yerevan will fund the project Participatory Utilization and Resource Efficiency of Water (PURE-Water) to improve the quality and use efficiency of water resources in the Ararat Valley. Activities will focus on the participation of Armenian civil society in policy development and small-scale pilot projects for integrated water management. Eligibility for grants extends to local organizations registered in Armenia. Funding Opportunity RFA-111-16-000004.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) - Research Fellowships and Conference Sponsorship
OECD's Co-operative Research Program: Call for Applications
Deadline: Sept. 10

Applications should fit into one of the three following research themes:
  • Managing Natural Capital for the Future
  • Managing Risks in a Connected World
  • Transformational Technologies and Innovation
The aim of the research fellowships is to strengthen the international exchange of ideas and increase international mobility and co-operation among scientists working in these areas. The aim of the conference sponsorship scheme is to inform policymakers, industry and academia of current and future research, scientific developments and opportunities in these areas. Participating countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.  
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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.