Documentary on drought, water management to be screened Oct. 7 at Midwest Theater
The event is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center, the North Platte Natural Resources District and the Nebraska Conservation Education Fund.
Before the screening, Conrad Weaver, who produced and directed “Thirsty Land,” will provide an introduction.
A panel discussion will follow the film, moderated by Jeff Bradshaw, Extension Entomologist at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center. Panelists include John Berge, North Platte Natural Resources District general manager; Pete Lapaseotes, North Platte Natural Resources District board member and irrigator, cattle feeder and agribusiness owner; Owen Palm, president and CEO of 21stCentury Holdings; and Dennis Strauch, general manager of Pathfinder Irrigation District. Palm and Strauch are also members of the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission, Palm represents agribusiness interests and Strauch represents irrigation districts.
“Thirsty Land” is the story about extreme drought, agriculture, the water crisis in the western United States and how these challenges affect farmers, communities and the environment.
Thirsty Land is being produced by ConjoStudios LLC in partnership with the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. It is also supported by a number of individuals, organizations, and companies. Other sponsors listed at the film website include Teeter Irrigation Inc.; American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers; American Society of Agronomy; the Irrigation Association; Valley Irrigation; and the Family Farm Alliance; AgChat Foundation; and Archai Media. ❖
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