Water for Agriculture: How Will Climate Change Affect Tennessee?
Walker, F. R.  2016.  Proceedings of 25th Tennessee Annual AWRA Meeting, Montgomery Bell State, Park, Burns TN. April 13,, 25th Tennessee Annual AWRA Meeting, Montgomery Bell State, Park, Burns TN. April 13, 2016.

Abstract:
More droughts and more flooding are some of the anticipated impacts that climate change will have in Tennessee. It is important to develop tools and models that can help us predict how these effects might impact Tennessee agriculture and the agricultural economy. Farmers and landowners will have to develop strategies to adapt to these predicted changes that may include changes to cropping and livestock systems. It is also important that we educate our current and future workforce to deal with the opportunities and challenges that climate change in Tennessee will result in. The University of Tennessee in collaboration with Tennessee Technological University, University of Memphis, Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee at Martin was recently awarded a USDA NIFA grant to study the effects that climate change may have on agricultural production in the Tennessee and Cumberland River Basins in the coming decades. This is a multi-year, multi-disciplinary, integrated research, extension and education project. This presentation will summarize the overall objectives of the project: 1) How will changes in climate (temperature, droughts, flooding), land use and industrial and consumer demand affect the quantity, quality, and availability of water for agricultural use in Tennessee?; 2) How can agriculture in the Tennessee and Cumberland River Basins adapt to these changes?; and 3) What policy, institutional, or technological changes will help ensure that water is available to meet needs in Tennessee?