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2019 Arizona Envirothon Competition

“Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge and Technology to Feed the World”

When: March 29-30, 2019

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Where: R-C Scout Ranch

19887 E. AZ HWY 260, Payson, AZ 85541-9215

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Why:

Agriculture feeds the world. Whether on a micro or macro scale, the food raised to feed Earth’s growing population (projected to reach 9 billion by mid-century)  is facing challenges unlike any from previous history. Climate change is forcing growers to confront issues such as increasing temperatures and – here in Arizona – diminishing water supplies. Plants that once readily grew within a specific climate zone are now less productive in that zone but may grow in a cooler climate or at higher elevations.

With such challenges facing them, today’s farmers are heading into the ‘unknown’ world of food production by addressing concerns such as:

  • What best practices will help maintain/improve soil health?
  • What plant varieties will thrive on diminished water supplies (and are these food crops that consumers will purchase)?
  • What actions help minimize crop damage from pests (both animal and plant) and from disease?
  • What new and emerging technologies might be employed to increase farm efficiency, while not imposing undue economic issues and not adversely impacting wildlife?

Farmers are resilient and accustomed to working with the vagaries of nature. They also are some of the best “futures thinkers”, with one eye on the past while also looking to the future. Feeding 9 billion people is a daunting challenge! The 2019 AZ Envirothon competition will find teams using futures thinking as they ponder this dilemma.

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2019 Arizona Envirothon Sponsors

Arizona Envirothon is grateful for the support of our sponsors. Education and our environment are important to them. Visit their web sites to learn more about each of them and their commitment to conserving our natural resources.

Chairman’s Club

Executive Circle

Salt River Project (SRP)

Agua Fria New River NRCD

Ecologists Circle

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Tucson Electric Power

UniSource Energy Services

Waste Management

Golden Eagle

APS

AZ Association of Conservation Districts

Gila Bend NRCD

NCF Envirothon

Smithfield Foods

SWCA Environmental Consultants

U.S. Forest Service

Naturalist

Arizona Beef Council

Arizona Pork Council

Creative Plants

EPCOR USA, Inc.

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