The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance will tackle water use during the next Food Dialogues event, scheduled for Nov. 12 in West Columbia, S.C.
The event, which will be livestreamed, is presented in partnership with the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation.
The local panel discussion will focus on water use as water-related challenges continue, and water allocated for agriculture is under discussion.
"The Food Dialogues are a place where individuals from across the food production spectrum can come together and have a constructive conversation about issues facing today's agriculture," said SCFB President David Winkles. "There are additional issues, however, that need to be addressed for our local consumers, including their concerns over water availability and use, and we are excited to answer their most pressing questions."
The water-use panel discussion will focus on the relationship between food and water. The event will be moderated by David Stanton, a former broadcast news anchor, public affairs program host and political debate moderator.
Two panels will discuss the topic. The first is titled "A Closer Look at South Carolina's Water Needs" and will be from 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. EDT.
Representatives from the states' businesses and official agencies will be panelists.
From 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., the panel discussion "Balancing the Demands for Water with the Need to Grow and Raise Food" will ask: Are there technologies we can employ to better manage water being used by agriculture? What more can agriculture, business and residential users of water do to be more efficient users of this precious commodity?
Again, representatives from the state's businesses and agencies will discuss the issues, as well as farmers.
"Many of USFRA's affiliates have access to local experts, influencers, farmers and ranchers who are ready and willing to address questions about the unique relationship between the food we grow and the water needed to grow it. These experts will address issues that are of national and local interest, sharing and tailoring the discussion to the South Carolina audience," said Nancy Kavazanjian, chairwoman of USFRA.
To learn more about the event including panelist bios and registration information go to the USFRA's website.
The conversation can be followed on Twitter using hashtag #FoodD. The event will also be livestreamed.