It is no secret the Lone Star State has been starving for moisture the past few years, and Texas is not alone. In fact, much of the south central portion of the United States has been, and continues to be stuck in a drought status.
Latest Texas drought map. The viewing area is still encompassed in the moderate to severe drought category.
No one knows how long it will take us to finally climb back out of our long stay in a drought status. Nor does anyone know the true impacts this dry stretch will have on the southern portion of the country. However, leading natural resource specialists and conservationists are coming together in San Antonio to try to sort through those issues.
CONSERVATION LEADERS TO GATHER IN SAN ANTONIO TO DISCUSS NATION’S FUTURE
Texas is entering into its third straight year of record drought conditions, with over two-thirds of the United States currently listed in moderate to exceptional drought condition. Are we headed for another catastrophic Dust Bowl like our nation experienced in the 1930s? With the lack of rain, how can landowners help improve water quality and quantity for cities? Is the agriculture industry facing disaster or on the edge of an American agriculture revolution? With the population expected to double in the next 60 years, can America keep producing enough food to keep up?
Leading natural resource specialists and conservationist from across the nation are convening in January 27-30 at the Marriott River Center Hotel in San Antonio, Texas for the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) 2013 annual meeting to discuss these and other questions America is facing.
The 2013 NACD Annual Meeting will feature keynote speaker Timothy Egan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of six books, including The Worst Hard Time, which won a National Book Award for nonfiction. The Worst Hard Time chronicles the unparalleled dust storms in the High Plains during the Great Depression. This fall, Egan served as the main on-screen narrator for filmmaker Ken Burns’ PBS documentary about the Dust Bowl.
Other confirmed speakers include: Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28); Jason Weller, Acting Chief, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); Ellen Gilinsky, Senior Policy Advisor, Environmental Protection Agency; Gene Schmidt, NACD President; John Larson, NACD Chief Executive Officer; David Lamm, Soil Conservationist, NRCS East National Technology Support Center; Tom Martin, CEO, American Forest Foundation; and Tim Wigley, President of the Western Energy Alliance.