Speakers

Marc AndreiniMarc Andreini
Research Fellow at the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska. 

Andreini has a broad international experience, having previously been a water adviser for the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Bureau for Economic Growth and Trade. His recent work has focused on small reservoirs, how they are used and areas of research that might be pursued to improve the livelihoods of small farmers.  Before joining USAID, Andreini was a senior researcher with the International Water Management Institute, where he was the Ghana coordinator of the GLOWA Volta Project and the leader of the Small Reservoirs Project. Andreini has contributed to projects to strengthen basin-level integrated water management and address issues of water productivity. He has worked in California and several African countries and has been involved in a variety of water management and supply projects.  A professional engineer, Andreini has studied solute movement under conventional and conservation tillage, and shallow groundwater irrigation in Zimbabwe. He built village water supply systems in Morocco, was a physical planner for the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees in Tanzania, and was a member of the project coordinating unit supervising the construction of Botswana’s North-South Carrier.

Description: Hank VenemaHank Venema
Director, Water Innovation Centre and Natural and Social Capital Program, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Dr. Henry David (Hank) Venema directs IISD’s Water Innovation Centre and Natural and Social Capital Program. Dr. Venema is a professional engineer with a diverse natural resource background spanning water resources, agriculture, energy, climate change mitigation and adaptation, rural development, ecosystem management, environmental economics and environmental finance. Since 2004 Dr. Venema has led IISD’s research on water and agricultural issues in pioneering the application of Natural Capital principles to water management challenges in Western Canada. In 2009, Hank led the creation of IISD’s Water Innovation Centre with an initial mandate to build a strategic vision for Lake Winnipeg Basin management based on leading-edge policy, management and technological concepts. The Water Innovation Centre builds upon Lake Winnipeg Basin research work Hank has directed at IISD including ecological goods and service valuation, payments for ecosystem services, decision support systems for ecosystem investments, water quality trading, large-scale nutrient capture through ecosystem restoration and watershed management, and innovative governance models for basin management.  In 2010 Hank launched the Lake Winnipeg Bioeconomy Project reframing the issue of lake eutrophication as a regional innovation and economic development opportunity based on the insight that that phosphorus– the element regarded as the noxious pollutant responsible for fouling Lake Winnipeg is in fact a scarce and strategic resource, which can be captured, recycled and transformed into high-value biomaterial and the methods for nutrient capture can be coupled to flood and drought mitigation, through innovative water management and innovative biotechnology investments.   The Lake Winnipeg Bioeconomy Project has received the enthusiastic support of the business community and illustrates 21st century ecosystem management, where difficult environmental problems are reframed as economic development opportunities

Dave WarnerDave Warner
Agronomic Traits Program Leader
Agricultural Biotechnology
Pioneer Hi-Bred International

Dave is currently Agronomic Traits Program Leader within the Agricultural Biotechnology Division of Pioneer Hi-Bred International.  He is responsible for cross-functional program management and research strategy for all Pioneer Drought Tolerance and Nitrogen Use Efficiency technology programs.   Dave joined Pioneer in May 2010 and has extensive experience in maize drought stress tolerance, crop physiology, genetics and remote sensing.  Prior to joining Pioneer, Dave held various research leadership positions for 27 years within both the Monsanto and Dekalb Genetics organizations; most recently as Science Fellow.   Over the past 27 years, Dave has focused most of his research on drought stress tolerance and is a recognized leader in the field.  His work has lead to the discovery and development of several transgenic and native trait technology solutions to water sustainability in maize crop production.

Dave holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts and the University of Illinois.  He is an inventor on several patents, and an author of many publications and presentations on drought tolerance and remote sensing technologies.  He has worked with academic, industry and NGO collaborators across several world areas including North and South America, India and Africa.

Description: Wes Jackson_headshot.jpgWes Jackson,
President of The Land Institute

 Wes Jackson earned a B.A. in biology from Kansas Wesleyan, an M.A. in botany from University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in genetics from North Carolina State University. He is widely recognized as a leader in the international movement for sustainable agriculture.  He established and served as chair of one of the country's first environmental studies programs at California State University-Sacramento and then returned to his native Kansas to found The Land Institute in 1976.   Life magazine named Wes Jackson as one of 18 individuals they predict will be among the 100 "important Americans of the 20th century." In 2005, Smithsonian named him one of “35 Who Made a Difference” and in 2009 Wes was included in Rolling Stone’s “100 Agents of Change”.  Work of The Land Institute has been featured extensively in the popular media including The Atlantic Monthly, Audubon, National Geographic, Time Magazine, The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, and National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."   Wes is a recipient of the Pew Conservation Scholars award (1990), a MacArthur Fellowship (1992), Right Livelihood Award (Stockholm), known as “Alternative Nobel Prize” (2000), and the Louis Bromfield Award (2010). He has received four honorary doctorates.  His writings include the recent works, Nature as Measure (2011) and Consulting the Genius of the Place: An Ecological Approach to a New Agriculture (2010),both published by Counterpoint Press.(photo by RayNg.com)

Description: Allen_Randy08.jpgRandy D. Allen
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Sitlington Chair in Agricultural Biosciences
Oklahoma State University

Dr. Allen moved his research program from Texas Tech University to be the Director of the Institute for Agricultural Biosciences located adjacent to the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Dr. Allen earned a Ph.D. at Texas A&M University and worked as a postdoctoral associate at Washington University in St. Louis.  Dr. Allen’s research interests include the analysis of the regulatory mechanisms that control the expression of genes in response to environmental signals, especially those involved in stress tolerance. Recent research in Dr. Allen’s laboratory has focused on functional analysis of transcription factors, ubiquitin ligases and other factors that are involved in controlling cellular signaling pathways that mediate plant development and the acclimation of plants to harsh environments. 

Description: RichardMooreOSU01.jpgRichard Moore, Ph.D.
Professor Rural Sociology
Executive Director of Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences
The Ohio State University

Richard Moore is the Executive Director of Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University and lead author of the Alpine Nutrient Trading Plan and Muskingum Water Quality Trading Plans.  These plans are based on water quality trading in upstream areas with maximum ecological benefit and cost-savings for small communities and industries with high wastewater facility upgrade costs.  He is President of the Culture and Agriculture Section of the American Anthropological Association.  His specialty is social organization and rural communities in Ohio and Japan. His dissertation work focused on upstream-downstream social relations in the rice belt of Japan.  He is presently a principal investigator on a number of NSF, USDA, and EPA grants that focus on water quality and climate change. He also serves as Assistant Director of the School of Environment and Natural Resources and is involved in transdisciplinary programs at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) of The Ohio State University.

Description: Osmond_DL.jpgDeanna Osmond, Ph.D.
Professor of Watershed, Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management
North Carolina State University

Deanna Osmond works at the interface of nutrient management and water quality as both a researcher and an extension specialist at the state and national level. For the past 20 years Deanna has worked at NC State University, first with the Water Quality Group of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and then in the Soil Science department.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Kansas State in Agronomy and Anthropology.  After working on a dairy farm, she attended and received her master’s degree from NC State University in Soil Science.  For several years she worked as an international project officer for US Agency for International Development in Africa.  Her PhD was awarded from Cornell.

Description: Helen Jarvie.jpgHelen Jarvie, Ph.D.
Principal Scientist, Hydrochemistry
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wallingford, U.K.

Helen Jarvie is a Visiting Distinguished Professor in the Department of Crop Soil and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arkansas.  Helen is visiting Arkansas from the United Kingdom, where she is a Principal Scientist in Environmental Chemistry at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.  Helen’s research addresses the need to protect water resources from excessive nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus), which can cause nuisance algal growth and degradation in water quality. Helen has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and an OECD Fellowship to undertake a 12-month sabbatical at the University of Arkansas.  Her research project investigates the retention, cycling and legacy of phosphorus and nitrogen in watersheds and the implications for water quality management and aquatic ecosystem sustainability.

Description: Sharpley03.jpgAndrew Sharpley, Ph.D.
Professor of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences
University of Arkansas

Andrew Sharpley is a Professor in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, Division of Agriculture University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR.  He received degrees from the University of North Wales, and Massey University, New Zealand.  His research investigates the fate of phosphorus in soil-plant-water systems in relation to soil productivity and the effects of agricultural management on water quality.  He also evaluates the role of stream and river sediments in modifying phosphorus transport and response of receiving lakes and reservoirs.  He developed decision making tools for agricultural field staff to identify sensitive areas of the landscape and to target management alternatives and remedial measures that have reduced the risk of nutrient loss from farms.  He works closely with producers, farmers, and action agencies, stressing the dissemination and application of his research findings.  He is Director of the multi-stakeholder Arkansas Discovery Farm Program to document and demonstrate the benefits of farm conservation measures that protect water quality and promote sustainability.  In 2008 he was inducted into the USDA-ARS Hall of Fame and in 2011 received the Hugh Hammond Bennett Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society. 

Ray VesterRay Vester
Arkansas Rice Grower, Member of the Arkansas Rice Board and chairman of USA Rice Federation Environmental Regulatory committee.

Ray Vester is a fourth generation rice farmer on the Grand Prairie of Arkansas near the town of Stuttgart. He attended the University of Ark. Fayetteville majoring in accounting. He left the university prior to graduation and assumed management of the family farm due to his father’s death in a farming accident.
Ray is active in other aspects of agriculture. He is an activity member of the USA Rice Federation, serving that organization as chairman of their Environmental Regulatory Subcommittee. He also serves on the Federation Biotechnology Task Force, and Sustainability Task Force. He has just completed a two year term on the Farm Ranch and Rural Community Committee, an appointed advisory committee to EPA.
Ray serves the state of Arkansas on the Arkansas State Plant for the past 14 years as that board’s rice producer represenitive. He is also a member of Arkansas Department of Agriculture Advisory Board.  
Ray is activity in his community. He has served for 24 years on the Board of Directors of Producers Rice Mill Inc. a farmer owed coop. with 2500 members. Ray is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Farmers and Merchants Bank, a community bank serving the Grand Prairie, with assets of $610 million.
Ray is married to Debra and has two grown children a daughter Jennifer and a son Cody. He also has two grandsons.

Description: C:\Users\Sarah\Pictures\My Pictures\Pictures\WACpic.JPGSarah E. Lewis, Working Group Manager
Food, Beverage and Agriculture Sector of the Sustainability Consortium
University of Arkansas

Sarah Lewis holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Dynamics and a Master of Arts in French from the University of Arkansas.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and French Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  Sarah is passionate about identifying and working through challenges at the interface of humans and the environment. Her work with The Sustainability Consortium focuses on managing research projects and member relationships within the food, beverage, and agricultural industry in order to develop the Sustainability Measurement and Reporting System. An award-winning educator, Sarah is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Sociology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and she is the Founder and President of EcoExplique, a consultancy focused on educating communities about ecological economics.  Sarah is an active member of her community and serves as an elected official on the Fayetteville, Arkansas City Council.

Michael Sullivan
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Jamie Burr
Tyson Foods
Jamie Burr earned both a B.S. and M.S. in Agronomy from Missouri State University.  Jamie has worked for Tyson Foods since graduating with his MS in 1999.  His responsibilities include environmental and safety aspects of live production such as sustainability, compliance, governmental relations, and impending regulatory changes.   Jamie sits on several committees and work groups throughout the US as a representative of the poultry and swine industry in an effort to provide input on policy, regulations, sustainability, and research.

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David Zilberman
Robinson Chair, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics University of California at Berkeley

Dr. Zilberman’s areas of expertise include agricultural and environmental policy, marketing, risk management, the economics of innovation, natural resources, water, biotechnology, and biofuels.  He is a Fellow of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and he has received the AAEA Outstanding Journal Article Award:  Choices (2011), AAEA Publication of Enduring Quality Award (2005, 2010), and the UNESCO International Cannes Prize for Water and the Economy (2000).  He has published 250 refereed articles in Science, the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, among others, and has edited 13 books.  He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.  He received his B.A. in Economics and Statistics at Tel Aviv University, Israel, and his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley.


Description: Reagan_Waskom.pngReagan M. Waskom
Director of the Colorado Water Institute, Colorado State University
Reagan Waskom currently serves as the Director of the Colorado Water Institute and as Director of the Colorado State University Water Center. Dr. Waskom is a member of the Department of Soil & Crop Sciences faculty with a joint appointment to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at CSU. In addition, Reagan currently serves as the Regional Director of the USDA-NIFA Integrated Water Program and supervises the CSU Extension Water Outreach program and personnel. Reagan received his BS and MS degrees from Texas A&M University and his PhD from Colorado State University in Environmental Soil Science.  Dr. Waskom’s recent research and outreach projects include: Colorado River Basin Ag Sustainability, irrigation water optimization in water limited environments, evaluation of alternatives to Ag water transfer, evaluation of Western households’ perceptions and preferences for water use and acquisition, evaluation of municipal water conservation programs, development of best management practices for crop production.

Jed ColquhounJed Colquhoun,
Director of Agricultural Systems Programming for the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madiso


Director of Agricultural Systems Programming for the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In this capacity, Jed provides leadership for the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, the Environmental Resources Center and the Integrated Pest Management Program.  His work on sustainability focuses on the intersection of food production systems and environmental challenges, such as water quantity.  Jed also provides leadership for the National Initiative for Sustainable Agriculture, a producer-led, research-based framework for assessing agricultural sustainability at the farm level and communicating advancements in agriculture.

Jed also has a faculty appointment in the Department of Horticulture and holds the Gottschalk Endowed Chair.  He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Prior to returning to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he was a faculty member at Oregon State University.