NWC Mini-Conference - Stakeholder Engagement and Sociology Session

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Mark Burbach, Environmental Scientist, UNL; Jessica Groskopf, Assistant Extension Educator, UNL; Weston Eaton, Assistant Research Professor, Penn Stat...

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Mark Burbach, Environmental Scientist, UNL; Jessica Groskopf, Assistant Extension Educator, UNL; Weston Eaton, Assistant Research Professor, Penn State University; Jason Farnsworth, Executive Director, Platte River Recovery Implementation Program; Janeene Brown, Owner, Dines Irrigation

From Knowledge to Understanding: Lessons Learned from Integrating Research and Stakeholder Engagement in a Water & Agriculture Project

What changes can occur in the people, community, and environment as a consequence of community-led stakeholder engagement? The aim of the multidisciplinary USDA funded Water for Agriculture is to answer these questions as a means to address complex water problems in agricultural working landscapes. To do this, team members are facilitating, studying, and supporting stakeholder working groups, aka local leadership teams, in 5 projects sites across diverse water contexts in Arizona, Nebraska and Pennsylvania. This seminar will share insights on stakeholder engagement gleaned from the local leadership team experience addressing issues that matter most to the teams. Panelists will provide a brief overview of the goals and mechanics of the project before reflecting on several themes. These include a) the practical challenges of bringing together new groups of diverse stakeholders to participate in the project; b) how we fostered an inclusive process to identify locally salient water issues and practical action steps; and c) challenges therein. Panelists will then invite session attendees to share in a broader discussion of collaborative approaches to address complex natural resource problems—what does it take to successfully navigate disparate disciplinary cultures in pursuit of both practical and scholarly goals? Where was growth, learning, or some sort of change needed to keep the project moving—did it happen and to what end? What worked well, and less so? The goal of the panel session then is to identify, share, and foster dialogue that can form the basis for a more robust framework for undertaking community-led engagement on water in agricultural landscapes in collaborative fashion, that is grounded in the experiences of stakeholders whose lives are directly tied to the issues.
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Bridge farm fisheries
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