Forum Agenda Features Comm. Staples & Rep. Lucio

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples will deliver the 2013 Texas Ag Water Forum keynote presentation on "Ag Water & Texas Food Security."

Rep. Eddie Lucio III will provide a "Legislative Perspective on Irrigated Agriculture in Texas."

The Forum will present facts about and issues affecting Texas ag water supplies and use.

"Setting the Stage: Texas Ag Water Facts" features presentations by:
    Carolyn Brittin, Executive Deputy Administrator, Water Resources Planning and Information, Texas Water Development Board, on "Ag Water in the 2012 Texas State Water Plan"; and
    Kevin Wagner, PhD, Associate Director, Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, on "Status and Trends of Irrigated Agriculture in Texas." 

Proving the Science: Ag Water Demonstration Projects in Texas includes presentations on the Texas Project for Ag Water EfficiencyTexas Alliance for Water Conservation; and the 200-12 Project (200 bushels of corn on 12 inches of irrigation water/acre).

Panel discussions will focus on: 
    Crops & Water: The Perspective from the Farm (moderated by Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune);
    Economics of Investing in Ag Water Efficiency & Conservation: Who & How? (moderated by Kate Galbraith, Texas Tribune) and
    Challenges in Meeting Regional Conservation Goals: Report from the Front Lines (moderated by Terrence Henry, KUT/Impact Texas);

A major goal of the Forum is to create an ongoing dialogue on the many issues facing irrigated agriculture and develop next steps for defining strategic solutions.