Agriculture's ability to feed a growing world population will increasingly depend on access to water.
Our water resources are under increased pressure, not only from agricultural needs, but from municipalities, industry, recreation and environmental protection needs. This conference will provide a forum to discuss these growing pressures at the global, national and provincial scale, and how these will impact agriculture's future opportunities and challenges. Presentations will focus on water supply, water quality and water management for agriculture in the context of increasing competition for water. There will be speakers from universities, government and industry, with a broad range of viewpoints to be presented.
This conference will appeal to anyone interested in learning more about water and its interaction with agriculture and the environment. Many of those who have attended previous Water, Agriculture and the Environment conferences are environmental consultants, farmers, researchers and employees of municipalities, irrigation districts and government.
The conference will be at the Lethbridge Lodge Hotel and Conference Centre and special room rates for out-of-town attendees are available. The conference registration fee will be $250+GST and includes the opportunity to see all of the speaker presentations, and includes morning snacks, coffee breaks, two lunches and an evening banquet on April 16.
Confirmed speakers include Walter Paszkowski, Don Meals (Ice.Nine Environmental Consulting, Vermont, USA), Bob Barraclough (Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development), Dr. Tom Jensen (International Plant Nutrition Institute), Sandi Riemersma (Palliser Environmental Services Ltd.), Earl Wilson (Eastern Irrigation District) and more.T
he conference is being organized by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) and the Canadian National Committee for Irrigation and Drainage (CANCID).