You're invited: Thirsty Land

March 15, 2016

Lincoln, Neb. —IANR staff and stakeholders are invited to a private screening of “Thirsty Land,” a new documentary film sponsored by IANR and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center in Lincoln. Thirsty Land tells the story about extreme drought, agriculture and the water crisis in the western United States and how these challenges impact farmers, local communities and the environment. 

The depleted water resources in the American Southwest is one of the most urgent challenges of the 21st century facing agriculture and growing urban communities. The drought on this region has local, national and global impacts, not only for the present, but also for future generations.

Conrad Weaver, the director of Thirsty Land, interviewed farmers, ranchers and researchers from central Nebraska to the Central Valley of California to learn how they are managing their water resources to continue to produce food for our world. Central California has been hit especially hard with many growers getting a zero water allocation from California’s Aqueduct system for two years in a row. 

Thirsty Land will help people understand the urgency of this situation, and motivate individuals, companies and governments - both local and federal - to actions that conserve this important natural resource and preserves our way of life and our ability to provide food to a growing global population. The film aims to be a catalyst for continuing communication between urban managers, farmers and environmentalists. 

If we want an American agriculture system that provides food and fiber not only for the rest of the country, but also for the entire world, then we must find real working solutions that will preserve our water, our food and our future for future generations. Thirsty Land will tell this story. 

To reserve your seat, please RSVP to Jaimie McGowan at by April 15.

Molly Nance
Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute