Water scarcity is one of the most urgent challenges confronting farmers and ranchers in the southwestern United States today. To learn about some of the latest, most promising technologies and techniques in water-use efficiency being developed by agricultural professionals throughout the Southwest, consider attending the Water: The Foundation of Agricultural Sustainability Conference on August 7, 2012 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 
Full water conference details are available online.
 
Water: The Foundation of Agricultural Sustainability Conference, sponsored by the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE) and New Mexico State University, is geared toward agricultural professionals and will provide practical information on efficient water use in agriculture.
 
Presenters include farmers, Extension educators and researchers, and other stakeholders from New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Texas. Topics and hands-on presentations include:

  • Balancing ag and urban water use
  • The acequia system
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Low-water-use crops
  • Efficient orchard irrigation
  • Low-tech irrigation strategies
  • Small-scale hydroelectric generation
  • Renewable-energy technology for water pumping

This one-day conference was developed in response to seven listening sessions held by Western SARE, during which farmers, ranchers and other agricultural professionals ranked water-use efficiency among the top ten priorities for sustainable agriculture research and education.