Agriculture is by far the largest consumer of fresh water on the planet, and is fully dependent on a sustainable supply of quality water. It is critical that agricultural researchers, food and fiber producers, and agriculture-related industries are fully aware of the many facets of their activities that impact water sustainability. These issues will be explored at NABC’s 24th annual conference, Water Sustainability in Agriculture.
Because they directly reflect agricultural strengths of the state and region, research programs at the University of Arkansas focus on a variety of water-related topics, including impacts of poultry and livestock production, water-intensive crops such as rice, water-related policy issues, and economics.
The National Agricultural Biotechnology Council has been hosting annual public meetings about the safe, ethical, and efficacious development of agricultural biotechnology products since its formation by the Boyce Thompson Institute in collaboration with Cornell University, Iowa State University, and the University of California-Davis in 1988. Today the organization, a not-for-profit consortium of thirty-six leading agricultural research and teaching governmental agencies/institutions/universities in the U.S. and Canada, continues to provide all stakeholders the opportunity to speak, to listen, and to learn about the issues surrounding agricultural biotechnology.
The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture helps producers and processors of food, fiber and bioenergy to access and use appropriate technologies. We serve people in all walks of life by working to ensure the safety and security of our food and fiber system; improving the health and nutrition of Arkansans; conserving and sustaining natural resources; and expanding horizons for youth, families and communities. The University of Arkansas Bumpers College offers 13 inter-related majors and 21 minors to prepare students for rewarding careers developing sustainable solutions for food, family and environmental issues.