USDA holds ag water security listening session

Agriculture Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics Joseph Jen said the USDA was to host a listening session on agricultural water security Sept. 9-10, 2004, in Park City, Utah.

The session sought to identify potential solutions to issues arising from increasing demands for a limited supply of water resources in the United States.

“Drought is affecting every state in the Nation,” said Jen. “We want to identify innovative solutions to issues of water supply, management, and distribution across many uses including agriculture. The session also helped enhance our partnerships with other federal and state agencies and the public and private sector in our efforts to protect and improve the Nation's water resources.”

About 70 representatives from federal laboratories and agencies, universities and tribal colleges, water conservancy districts, nonprofit groups, cities and municipalities, and the Western Governors Association were invited to participate in the listening session.

Six key themes were identified for discussion: drought risk assessment and preparedness, general water conservation, irrigation efficiency, water marketing, rural and urban water reuse, and biotechnology.

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