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Study: Maximizing grain yields won't meet future African needs
Maximizing cereal crop yields in sub-Saharan Africa would still fail to meet the region's skyrocketing grain demand by 2050, according to a new study from the University of Nebraska, Wageningen University and multiple African institutions.

The global research team behind the study includes Faculty Fellows Kenneth Cassman and Patricio Grassini, among others. Learn more.

The research was reported Dec. 12 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

University of Nebraska researcher champions drought management in Africa
Climatologist and Faculty Fellow Tsegaye Tadesse's life revolves around helping people prepare for drought. Learn about the University of Nebraska researcher's efforts to help improve water and food security in Africa. Read the blog and watch the video.

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Water for Food shares its expertise at the World Irrigation Forum
World Irrigation Forum Nov. 2016
The Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute was honored to represent the University of Nebraska at the world's foremost irrigation forum in Thailand, a significant opportunity to make new connections and showcase Nebraska's strong irrigation programs.

The 2nd annual World Irrigation Forum was hosted by the Thai National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage in Chiang Mai, Nov. 6-12. Learn more.
AquaCrop-OS exceeds 100 downloads
Since launching in September, the AquaCrop-OS software tool for agricultural water management has reached more than 100 downloads and received international attention through publications. Downloads took place in more than 30 countries for a variety of uses within academia and government, as well as by farmers, private industries and non-governmental organizations. Learn more.

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New agricultural 'big data' project brings together students, researchers and agricultural producers
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Researchers from the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Department of Agronomy and Horticulture have teamed up with students from UNL's Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management on a new project to help make field-level data more useful to agricultural producers, researchers and resource managers. Learn more.
McCornick gives keynote at the 2016 Groundwater Week event
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Executive Director Peter McCornick delivered the keynote address at the National Ground Water Association's 2016 Groundwater Week event, Dec. 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The conference focused on "Water for Food Security: Solutions for the Context." Read Dr. McCornick's interview with NGWA's Well Water Journal.
Nebraska researchers publish paper on variable rate irrigation
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A team of researchers from the University of Nebraska have published a new paper, "Pumpage Reduction by using Variable Rate Irrigation to Mine Undepleted Soil Water." The team includes Faculty Fellows Derek Heeren, Derrel Martin, and Dean Eisenhauer, among others. Read paper.

Botin Foundation recognizes researcher's water optimization efforts
Botin Foundation award presentation
Yulie Meneses Gonzalez (center), University of Nebraska food engineering applied research specialist and former WFI student support grantee, was recently awarded by Spain's Botín Foundation for her work in water optimization for food processing. The award recognizes young professionals developing innovative ideas, projects and technologies that promote sustainable water management. Learn more.
Fellows in the news

Recent accolades

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Michael Forsberg
A photograph by conservation photographer and Faculty Fellow Michael Forsberg will appear on a U.S. postage stamp celebrating Nebraska's 150th birthday as a state. Learn more.
Kenneth Cassman
The Swedish Academy of Sciences has named agronomist and Faculty Fellow Kenneth Cassman the recipient of the 2017 Bertebos Prize. Learn more.
Sherilyn Fritz
Paleoclimatologist and Faculty Fellow Sherilyn Fritz has earned a distinguished professorship from the Swedish Research Council. Learn more.

New grad course focuses on water and policy
UNL Water and Policy Seminar Course
University of Nebraska-Lincoln students interested in the complex policy implications of water have a great learning opportunity during the spring semester.

Political scientist and Faculty Fellow Sarah Michaels will teach a new research seminar focused on water and policy. Political Science 931 (POLS 931) is open to graduate students; undergraduate students with permission. Learn more.
Nebraska Water Center updates
"Water and Health" seminars begin Jan. 13
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The Nebraska Water Center has co-organized a series of spring semester seminars exploring "Water and Health" with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's School of Natural Resources. The talks are free and open to the public, and will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at UNL's Hardin Hall on the following dates: Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 15, March 1, March 15, April 5 and April 19.

View the complete seminar series.
Sittler is new domestic water and wastewater educator
Meghan Sittler
Meghan Sittler (pictured) has joined Nebraska Extension as the domestic water and wastewater management extension educator, a new position in Lancaster County.

Sittler will focus on developing and implementing programs related to both water quality and water quantity issues surrounding domestic water and wastewater use. Learn more.

2016 Kremer award recognizes Carlson's long service to groundwater
Tom Carlson
Nebraska State Senator Tom Carlson (pictured) is this year's recipient of the Maurice Kremer Groundwater Achievement Award from The Groundwater Foundation. Carlson was presented the award at the joint Nebraska State Irrigation Association and Nebraska Water Resources Association Conference on Nov. 21 in Kearney, Nebraska, USA. Learn more.
Upcoming events
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2017 Water for Food Global Conference | April 10-12
The 2017 Water for Food Global Conference will be April 10-12 at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. We invite you to join us as we explore, "Water for Food Security: From Local Lessons to Global Impacts." Together with our partners in academia, non-profit organizations, government agencies and private industry, we'll share best practices, innovations and lessons learned that can help improve water and food productivity. More event details will be announced in January. Learn more.
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Madeline Cass, intern
Madeline Cass
Madeline Cass is an undergraduate student working toward a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in the Hixson-Lied School of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a photographer, designer and painter. Most frequently, the subject of her artwork is ethnobotany and mycology. Her primary goal is to use her visual skills to collaborate with scientists and researchers to better educate the public about the importance of sustainability and ecology. Madeline is excited to help organize WFI events, exhibitions and other opportunities for collaboration between the arts and sciences.

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 w ith 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.  

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.