Feeding the World: Challenges for Water Quality and Quantity

April 9, 2015
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Old Brick Church & Community Center, 26 Market St., Iowa City

As part of the University of Iowa's "Food for Thought" semester-long schedule of activities, the Public Policy Center, in partnership with the UI Water Sustainability Initiative, hosted a special session on the interface of food production, agriculture and water quality.  The symposium included several speakers and panelists with diverse perspectives on the past, present and sustainable future of food production in Iowa.

The symposium “Feeding the World: Challenges for Water Quality and Quantity” was held Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the Old Brick Church and Community Center in Iowa City.    

Content from the symposium can be found on the Presentations tab below.


April 9, 2015

Coffee & Registration
Welcome Remarks
Director Public Policy Center
UI Civil & Environmental Engineering
Water Sustainability Cluster Round Table
Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering
Professor Occupational and Environmental Health
Co-Director Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research; The University of Iowa
Assistant Professor Department of Geography, University of Iowa
UI School of Journalism & Mass Communication UI Water Sustainability Initiative
UI College of Public Health (Occupational & Environmental Health) UI Water Sustainability Initiative
Assistant Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering Assistant Research Engineer IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering University of Iowa
Morning Keynote
Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa
Edwin B. Green Chair in Hydraulics College of Engineering, University of Iowa
Director IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, University of Iowa
CEO and General Manager Des Moines Water Works
Panel One: Historical Perspectives on Agriculture and Food Production in Iowa
UI Office of Sustainability
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
UI Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Lunch & Keynote Speaker
Professor of Agronomy Director, Iowa Water Center, Iowa State University
Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance
Panel Two: Present Farming Practices and their Implications for Water Resources
Coe College
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Drake University Agricultural Law Center
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Afternoon Break
Panel Three: A Vision for the Future of Food Production in Iowa, and Q&A

Matt Liebman and Lori Abendroth will give presentations, remaining panelists will field questions.

United States Department of Agriculture
Sustainable Agriculture Iowa State University
Iowa State University - USDA-NIFA funded Climate & Corn-based Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project
Lime Creek Watershed Improvement Association
Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D)
Sustainable Iowa Land Trust
Wrap Up
UI Civil & Environmental Engineering


The Public Policy Center would like to thank the following for their support of this event:


Leader Sponsors ($1000 and Up):

IIHR Hydroscience & EngineeringCenter for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC)Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research


Partner Sponsors ($500-$999):

UI Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering


Colleague Sponsors ($250-$499):

UI Office of Sustainability, Coe College


Friend Sponsors (Up to $249):

UI School of Urban & Regional Planning


In-Kind Sponsors:

Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce





The Forkenbrock Series provides a forum for dialogue about policy areas from applied, academic, and interdisciplinary perspectives. The series was established in honor of David Forkenbrock, a nationally recognized transportation researcher. Dr. Forkenbrock established the Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa in 1987 and directed the Center until 2007. His vision was to enable public and private sector decision makers to work with faculty, staff, and student researchers to explore solutions to complex problems related to the public interest.
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