Dr. Ronnie Green – Surviving the Drought
Too hot. Too dry. But still bountiful.

In 2012, the Great Plains faced drought conditions so severe the landscape mirrored the dustbowl of the 1930s. But thanks to technological innovations, the harsh conditions were met with resiliency and yielded outcomes far better than expected.

One panel discussion at the 2013 Water for Food Conference – “Surviving the Drought: 80 Years of Innovation” – will explore the conditions and outcomes of recent droughts in comparison to similar patterns of the 1950s and 1930s.

Dr. Ronnie Green, Harlan Vice Chancellor of the UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and University of Nebraska vice president, will lead panelists from varied agronomy and agriculture backgrounds in sharing their perspectives on the impact of innovation in the midst of extreme drought. Panelists include both university experts and representatives of the private sector.

“The past 24 months in Nebraska provide a vivid example of how we must continue to learn and innovation production systems for water use,” Green said. “This discussion is exciting because it shows how much progress has been made. We were able to respond to and handle these conditions differently than we would have in the past with technology unavailable even 10 years ago.”
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