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CropClimate: Tool uses climate forecasts and crop modeling capabilities to transform data into value for farmers
The world's changing climate creates great uncertainty when it comes to agricultural decision-making. Computer models containing a sea of high-tech data on crops and climate present challenges in transforming terabytes into real solutions on the ground. A new tool developed by University of Nebraska-Lincoln crop simulation modeler and Water for Food Institute Faculty Fellow Guillermo Baigorria (pictured) in collaboration with the private sector transforms this complex data into a simple website platform that will help farmers reduce risk and optimize production. Learn more.

Visit CropClimate website.

Official launch: Join us for a CropClimate seminar Jan. 15 at the Nebraska Innovation Campus. See details below under "Upcoming events."  

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NU-AIRE explores, pushes boundaries on unmanned aircraft for ag and natural resources management
Wayne E. Woldt
Environmental engineer and Water for Food Institute Faculty Fellow Wayne E. Woldt (pictured) discusses the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Nebraska Unmamed Aircraft Innovation, Research and Education project and its implications for future agricultural and natural resources management. Learn more.

UNL establishes Nebraska State Climate Office
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The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has established the Nebraska State Climate Office within the UNL School of Natural Resources. The office will serve as the primary source of climate information for Nebraska. Water for Food Institute Faculty Fellow Guillermo Baigorria, an expert in modeling seasonal weather and agricultural crop production, will lend his talents to the program. Learn more.

Fritz named co-chair of climate change body
Sheri Fritz
University of Nebraska-Lincoln paleoclimatologist and Water for Food Institute Faculty Fellow Sherilyn Fritz (pictured) will co-direct Past Global Changes (PAGES), an international organization that helps study Earth's past to inform the management of its future. Learn more.
Nebraska Water Center updates

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Spring water seminars to focus on water and health

The Nebraska Water Center and University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources will present a series of public seminars focused on the importance of water and health during the spring semester. The lectures are free and open to the public and take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. roughly every-other-week on Wednesdays at Hardin Hall on the UNL East Campus. Learn more.

Lecture dates: Jan. 13 and 28, Feb. 10 and 24, March 9 and 30 and April 13.
Water and natural resources tour dates set

The 2016 Water and Natural Resources Tour to Colorado's South Platte River basin will take place 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 through the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District in Holdrege and will likely open May 1. Learn more.
On the blog

COP 21: A historical achievement and a legacy for future generations
Climatologist Donald Wilhite reflects on the historic climate agreement in Paris and what it means for Nebraskans. "As a state that sits squarely in the middle of one of the primary breadbaskets of the world, it is essential for Nebraska to provide leadership in our efforts to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change." Read blog.

Growing the gains and pruning the pains in producing Africa's food
K. Tesfaye, CIMMYT
The Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas is not just about data, but solving problems on the ground. Developed by a research team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in collaboration with Wageningen University in the Netherlands, the atlas estimates the difference between actual and potential yields as well as water productivity for major food crops worldwide. Researchers say major gains in food production are possible in Africa, what's needed is action. Read blog.

Pipelines of power: A closer look at Nebraska's groundwater management
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Brianna Brown, recent master's graduate from the London School of Economics and Political Science, analyzes Nebraska's water management between the state's surface water users, Natural Resources Districts and the State Department of Natural Resources. Her research sheds light on the importance of balancing the power of all stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of water resources. Read blog.

Upcoming events

Heuermann Lecture on international ag trade | Jan. 12
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Clayton Yeutter, former U.S. trade representative and U.S. secretary of agriculture, and Darci Vetter, the chief agricultural negotiator for the Office of the United States Trade Representative, will join in a panel discussion on international trade at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's next Heuermann Lecture. The live-streamed event is free and open to the public. Learn more.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m.
Nebraska Innovation Campus

2021 Transformation Dr.
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

CropClimate seminar | Jan. 15

Water for Food Institute Faculty Fellow Guillermo Baigorria will present a seminar launching the CropClimate website. He will give an overview of tool's capabilities and benefits, along with a demonstration on how to use it. Read full press release. The event will be live-streamed and archived on the institute's YouTube channel.

Friday, Jan. 15, 4-5 p.m.
Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center, rooms A1-A2
2021 Transformation Dr.
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment | Jan. 19-20 
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The Water for Food Institute will participate in a World Cafe on "Future Challenges and Solutions at the Agriculture-Water Nexus" at the 16th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment later this month. The session will focus on the effects of drought mitigation led by interdisciplinary teams using targeted research, policy outreach, dynamic modeling, and leading edge technology. From the Midwest to India, key accomplishments and remaining gaps in research will be examined to leverage innovations to meet these national and global challenges changing the nexus of food, energy and water systems. Learn more.

Jan. 19-20, 3:35-5:05 p.m. ET
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Washington, DC, USA

NRD Legislative Conference | Jan. 26-27
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Nebraska's Natural Resources Districts will host the 2016 Legislative Conference later this month, bringing together Nebraska state senators, NRD representatives and others to discuss relevant topics and policy issues pending before the Legislature. Learn more.

Jan. 26-27
Embassy Suites, 1040 P St.
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

WFI and the Nebraska Water Center invite you to participate by attending the following:
  • Reception with state senators and conference attendees, Jan. 26, 5-7 p.m.
  • Poster session on University of Nebraska water research, Jan. 27, 11:10-11:55 a.m.
WFI Faculty Fellows, NWC Affiliates and their graduate students may attend free of charge. However, space is limited. RSVP by Jan. 11 to Jesse Starita at jstarita@nebraska.edu.

Transdisciplinary Conversations | Jan. 27

Transdisciplinary Conversations
The Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska will host the first Transdisciplinary Conversations networking event of 2016. Learn more.

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

Wick Alumni Center
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

NCTA to host water solutions workshop | Jan. 28
NCTA workshop
The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis will hold an irrigation management workshop to help crop producers and irrigators choose tools that work best for their operations. The event is co-hosted by the Nebraska Water Balance Alliance and the University of Nebraska's West Central Research and Extension Center.

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

The event is complementary for attendees, but pre-registration is required by Jan. 21. See details online. For additional information, contact Brad Ramsdale at bramsdale2@unl.edu, (+1) 308.367.5225.

KANEKO exhibit uses fine art to explore water science | Feb. 5 - April 23 
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A new exhibition at the KANEKO art space in Omaha will focus on water, featuring research from WFI 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 -- how water impacts our community, our health and our perspectives. The exhibition opens to the public Feb. 5 and will continue through April 23. Learn more.

Transdisciplinary Conversations | March 10  
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The March Transdisciplinary Conversations event will coincide with KANEKO's exciting WATER exhibition. WFI will host a reception in the art space, giving participants an opportunity to enjoy the impressive visual displays exploring ideas related to water and agriculture.

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

More details will be available in January.

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. Through compelling keynote addresses, panel discussions, poster presentations, tours and side events, the conference will showcase how PPPs can be a catalyst for change in approaching water and food security now and in our future. Registration details will be available soon. Learn more.
Spotlight: featured faculty 

Roger Elmore, environmental engineer
Roger Elmore
Roger Elmore's research and extension activities focus on developing more sustainable agricultural production systems. His research program involves developing cropping systems that increase water use efficiency and farm profitability. His goal is to provide timely and relevant information to producers, agribusiness, extension personnel and students to help them employ crop production practices that will lead to maximum yield and optimal water use. He co-leads a cover crop research project supported by the Nebraska Soybean Board and the Nebraska Corn Board.

Elmore was previously employed with the University of Nebraska for 24 years, and also served as a consultant for various organizations across the globe. He was worked on projects in Ghana, China, Argentina and Puerto Rico. Most recently, he was a corn extension specialist at Iowa State University.

He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and an active member of several professional organizations including the Crop Science Society of America and the Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association. He holds a doctorate in international agronomy and a master's degree in agronomy from the University of Illinois.
See a short video with Dr. Elmore and learn more about his work.

Water funding opportunities

U.S. Department of Agriculture NIFA - International Wheat Yield Partnership (NIFA-IWYP) Program

NIFA in coordination with the International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP), requests applications for fiscal year 2016 to seek breakthroughs for cereal breeding using new technologies and also discoveries that lead to significantly greater grain size, grain set and grain filling duration following embryo formation, in diverse environments, without compromising grain protein concentration in Triticeae species. Learn more.

Award amount:
Standard grants must not exceed $333,000 per year including indirect costs
for project periods of three years (up to $1 million total per project, including indirect costs). Coordinated Agricultural Projects must not exceed $2.0 million per year including indirect costs for project periods of five years (up to $10 million total per project, including indirect costs).

Due dates: Letter of intent must be received by March 1, 5 p.m. ET. Applications must be received by May 3, 5 p.m. ET.

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.