The researchers, statisticians, planners, and demographers have seen the future, and it doesn't look pretty for Texas agriculture. The availability of water for agriculture in Texas will diminish as the demands for municipal and industrial uses take an upward trajectory.
Our population is expected to double over the next 50 years and the need for food and fiber will not go away. Agriculture in Texas was and will continue to be a foundation of our state's economy.
So how can Texas help its farmers do more with less in the face of uncertain water supplies? This tough question is the focus of the 2013 Texas Ag Water Forum.
The agenda will feature presentations on the Texas Project for Ag Water Efficiency and the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation, both long-term agricultural demonstration initiatives funded by the Texas Water Development Board and the 200-12 Project (200 bushels of corn on 12 inches of irrigation water/acre), funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.