Water for Food

Daugherty Water for Food Institute partners with ConjoStudios on drought documentary

March 12, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute (DWFI) at the University of Nebraska is pleased to announce its partnership with award-winning filmmaker Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios to produce “Thirsty Land,” a new documentary that will share the impact of drought on agriculture production throughout the U.S. and its impact globally.

DWFI, along with the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, have provided startup sponsorship funds for the project. It is expected to premier in Lincoln, Nebraska, in conjunction with the seventh Water for Food Global Conference in late April 2016.

“Thirsty Land” explores drought, its impact on agriculture, communities and the global food supply. It will feature expert voices from around the U.S., including faculty from the University of Nebraska who specialize in drought management and preparedness, groundwater policy, irrigation technology and other water and agricultural sciences.

“We are very pleased to participate in this important documentary about the challenges of drought and climate change,” said Roberto Lenton, founding executive director of the Water for Food Institute. “It supports our mission by educating people about the threats, as well as the opportunities, to achieving water and food security for generations to come.”

Weaver is a video producer and president and owner of ConjoStudios, a video production company based out of Frederick, Maryland. His most recent project includes the 2014 documentary, “Great American Wheat Harvest.” His work has been recognized nationally by the Telly Awards.

“I’m thrilled to be able to partner with DWFI,” said Weaver. “The University of Nebraska is well known for being a leader in research in the areas of water, hydrology and drought mitigation. DWFI has access to world-renown researchers dealing with drought issues so it’s exciting to be able to talk with them to see and experience what they are doing to help farmers solve some of these complicated issues in providing more food for a growing global population.”

For more information on “Thirsty Land,” visit thirstylandmovie.com and follow updates on Facebook and Twitter. For interview requests and more information on the making of the film, contact Conrad Weaver at 301.606.7794 or e-mail conjostudios@gmail.com.


The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska was founded in 2010 to address the global challenge of achieving food security with less stress on water resources through improved water management in agricultural and food systems. We are committed to ensuring a water and food secure world while maintaining the use of water for other human and environmental needs.

The University of Nebraska has invested in four interdisciplinary, University-wide institutes — including the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute — that leverage talent and research-based expertise from across the University of Nebraska system to focus on complex state, national and global challenges.

Learn more at waterforfood.nebraska.edu.

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