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Commitments to a Sustainable Water Future.

On World Water Day, copious Commitments to Action were made during the White House Summit. The Obama Administration encouraged institutions and organizations from all sectors to participate. Creative solutions, initiatives and research projects were announced. Some projects will specifically target improvements on resource management among the agriculture sector.

For instance, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) committed to a cutting-edge research project in which its Water for Agriculture program will award $8.5 million to ten institutions and organizations to support the research of critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the country.

Arizona State University (ASU) is launching a research initiative to identify domestic and global water security opportunities. ASU will use their campus as a food-energy-water technology test bed to find innovative approaches to agriculture for communities of arid climate-type.

In Iowa, the Midwest Agriculture Water Quality Partnership launched a pilot program to assist farmers and agribusinesses with implementing conservation practices. This will involve the efficient use of fertilizers, reduction of nutrient loss and an improvement of water quality and farm profitability. This program is estimated to improve resource management on over 50,000 acres of farmland in the midwestern U.S.

Commitments to Action could help mobilize or inspire institutions and organizations of other countries. A sustainable water future may be at the end of the tunnel.