With a projected 25 percent increase in U.S. population by 2050, it’s inevitable that fresh water used for food, fiber and fuel production, as well as municipal and residential needs, will increase substantially.

Those increases will not come without consequences, and as one of the larger water users in the United States, agriculture will feel the impact in water’s changing availability and cost.          To evaluate the trends, summarize key vulnerabilities and identify possible solutions to current and future challenges, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology convened a task force of eight scientists, educators and resource analysts who have prepared a new CAST Issue Paper, “Water, People and the Future: Water Availability for Agriculture in the United States.”

Through case studies, the new CAST publication addresses the diverse demands for water resources using the impacts, regulations, challenges and policies in four specific geographic areas of the United States, with particular focus on the implications for agriculture.