Food, energy, and water systems, especially in drylands, are vulnerable to projected changes in climate – primarily changes in the timing and amount of precipitation and rising air temperatures. For the most part, we grow non-dryland adapted food within a dryland climate through a reliance on irrigation, and the water resource requirements are large and increasing. At the same time, renewable energy in drylands is vulnerable to the same warming trends that threaten food systems. The abundance of sunlight in the southwest US constitutes a significant solar energy resource.
Brown Bag Seminar - Agriculture in Arizona’s Economy: The Role of Modeling and Implications for Water Management
George Frisvold, Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Arizona
This presentation will highlight results of an input-output (I-O) modeling exercise measuring the contribution of Arizona’s agribusiness system to the state’s economy. The agribusiness system includes crop and livestock industries as well as industries that supply and support on-farm production, food and fiber processing industries, and companies that market and distribute agricultural products. Through a combination of direct and multiplier effects, the agribusiness system contributed $23.3 billion in sales and more than 138,000 jobs to Arizona’s economy. Other I-O model results highlight unique features of Arizona agribusiness such as processed food manufacturing, high-value specialty crop production, livestock and dairy production (and supporting forage crop production), and the marketing and distribution of agricultural imports from Mexico. The presentation also briefly discusses the potential of I-O models to measure economic impacts of water shortages on Arizona’s agribusiness and broader economy
George Frisvold received his baccalaureate and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He worked for eight years as an economist and branch chief at the US Department of Agriculture. From 1995 to 1996 he served as a senior economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He is currently an associate editor for Water and Economic Policy and for Pest Management Science.
Agrivoltaics: co-locating agriculture and photovoltaics to increase food and energy production while decreasing water use
Upper Gila Watershed Forum
The annual Upper Gila Watershed Forum on January 11, 2019, in Thatcher, Arizona will feature daylong discussion, presentations, and activities focused on "Adapting to a Hotter and Drier Future."
WRRC Conference 2019 - Arizona Runs On Water: Scarcity, Challenges, and Community-based Solutions
How do Arizona communities ensure that they have sufficient water to meet their future needs? This is the critical question being addressed at the upcoming UA Water Resources Research Center annual conference