Water is important for production agriculture

Paul Genho, president of Farmland Reserves, Inc. and past general manager of King Ranch discussed the importance of protecting agricultural water use during the Cattlemen's College held during the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention in Tampa, Fla. (Journal photo by Jennifer Carrico.)

Paul Genho, president of Farmland Reserves, Inc. and past general manager of King Ranch discussed the importance of protecting agricultural water use during the Cattlemen’s College held during the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention in Tampa, Fla. (Journal photo by Jennifer Carrico.)

Paul Genho, president of Farmland Reserves, Inc. and past general manager of King Ranch said protecting agricultural waters is a key to the future of production agriculture.

“America is the breadbasket of the world. In order to get 70 percent more food and fiber by the year 2050, we must utilize more with less,” he said.

This production must be done with a smaller workforce, meet bio-energy demands, use efficient and sustainable production methods, adapt to changing weather and continue good land stewardship.

The October 2012 agricultural white paper collaborated by the King Ranch Institute discusses recommendations for using the water correctly to deal with population growth and trends, weather, and food production, as well as recommendations for policy and stewardship.

“If agricultural water goes to other uses, we may see more years similar to the 2012 drought,” he said. “The American farmers and ranchers only account for two percent of the U.S. populations, but they are the ones who actually manage their water.”

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