Special Issue 2016
In July 2016, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City hosted a symposium titled “Agriculture’s Water Economy.” Esther L. George, the Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer, highlights the symposium’s themes and importance.
Mark W. Rosegrant
Mark W. Rosegrant discusses the challenges water scarcity will pose to food security in the future and highlights policies and technologies that can address them.
Kenneth G. Cassman
Kenneth G. Cassman identifies the need for increased, prioritized investment in agricultural research and development to accelerate crop yield gains while reducing negative effects to the environment.
Bonnie G. Colby
Bonnie G. Colby examines water scarcity challenges in non-agricultural sectors that may, in turn, affect agricultural water use and cost.
Susanne M. Scheierling and David O. Treguer
Susanne M. Scheierling and David O. Treguer discuss adaptations in agricultural water management and the joint role both technical and institutional measures play in achieving key objectives.
Mike Young reviews Australia’s successful water reforms and proposes ways to improve water use in the United States.
Richard Howitt reflects on the themes of this year's symposium and highlights some omitted topics worthy of further study.