Put a big circle around Thursday, Oct. 4, on your calendar.
Otto Doering, an agricultural economist from Purdue will present two important talks on that date at the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus.
Doering is coming to Minnesota to deliver a 7 p.m. lecture in the Moos Family Speaker Series on Water Resources, sponsored by the Freshwater Society and the university’s College of Biological Sciences. The lecture will be on the pollution of water and air by excess nitrogen.
Last year, Doering chaired a committee that wrote an important report on the problem of reactive – mostly human-created – nitrogen, and the difficult policy choices involved in any attempt to reduce the release of nitrogen from farm fertilizers and from the burning of fossil fuels.
His talk is titled Excess nitrogen: A Confounding Problem for Energy Use, Food Production, the Water We Drink and the Air We Breathe.
While he is in Minnesota for the nitrogen lecture, Doering also will present a talk at 2 p.m. on the federal Farm Bill. Doering has extensive background and expertise on Farm Bill legislation. His talk is titled Looking Back on the Coming Farm Bill: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same.
Learn more about that free, public presentation.