Agricultural uses of water will be a central topic of discussion at the Arkansas Water Resources Center conference at Fayetteville.

The theme for year’s conference, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, July 25-26, at Fayetteville, is “Protecting Water Supplies for People and the Environment.” The registration deadline is July 18.

Water quality and quantity for agricultural uses is a major topic. Researchers and farmers are looking for ways to reduce the amount of nutrients running off agricultural fields to help improve downstream water quality and fertilizer use efficiency. Researchers are also working on ways to reduce the amount of water needed for irrigation, which is important because water supplies are dwindling at an unsustainable rate.

The conference will bring in researchers from Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana, to discuss water issues in agriculture. Speakers will discuss strategies to improve water quality and quantity so farmers can continue growing enough food to feed the increasing population, and do so in a sustainable way.

Other topics that will be covered at the conference include source water protection, science and policy in the Illinois River Watershed, current research by the U.S. Geological Survey, and urban water management. The Arkansas chapter of the American Water Resources Association will present sessions on dam safety and water supply issues as well.

The last day to register for the conference is July 18. Those who register by this date will receive a free conference T-shirt. To register, or for more information about the conference, visit or contact Erin Scott at

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.