A safe, abundant water supply for all

Stewards Of The Future: Water for a Growing World, hosted by NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), will provide international, national and state level perspectives on issues of water quantity and quality. The Nov. 2 conference at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh will explore how North Carolina and its global partners are working to ensure water resiliency for North Carolina and a growing world.

Through keynote addresses, multimedia presentations, a panel discussion and moderated workgroups, the conference will address key topics such as water conservation, treatment technologies, precision water management, wastewater quality and management, irrigation technologies and developing agricultural products while protecting water resources.

“Water quality and quantity issues abound globally, from drinking water contamination to extreme drought, and our college is working hard to develop solutions to these grand challenges,” said CALS Dean Richard Linton. “We’re gathering a diversity of speakers at the conference who will address issues across the spectrum, and we’ll also share the breadth of work underway in our college to secure a safe and abundant water supply in North Carolina and beyond.”

Speakers include Brian Richter, director of global freshwater strategies for The Nature Conservancy; Dr. Ken Reckhow, emeritus professor at Duke University in the School of the Environment; and Donald Chase, Georgia farmer and chair of the Flint River Water Council. Washington Post columnist Tamar Haspel will moderate a panel discussion on the Neuse River Basin. Also participating will be a number of the state’s industry, government and academic leaders.

At the event’s Innovation Fair, leading CALS faculty will showcase ongoing and emerging scientific research.

Stewards of the Future: Water for a Growing World is supported by the sponsorship of agricultural, biotechnology and allied industry partners, including lead sponsors BASF, Bayer CropScience, Syngenta, Monsanto, SePRO and at least 15 other enterprises, with sponsorships still available. The event also is made possible by leadership from the North Carolina Agricultural & Life Sciences Research Foundation

For more information or to register for the conference, visit cals.ncsu.edu/stewardsofthefuture. Registration is $115/general public and $50/NC State faculty and students.

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