The challenge is daunting. Feed 9 billion people in about 30 years with less land and less water.

To achieve that goal agriculture will have to employ the best technology available, including tools that the general public may not accept, for now.

Better communication will be imperative said speakers at the recent Rolling Plains Spring Field Day, held recently at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research station near Chillicothe. The event featured Julie Borlaug, granddaughter of the late Dr. Norman Borlaug, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate known internationally as the “Father of the Green Revolution.”

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Borlaug, external relations director of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University, spoke as well as moderated a wheat seed industry panel consisting of: Jon Rich with AgriPro-Syngenta in Junction City, Kansas; Marla Barnett with Limagrain Cereal Seeds in Wichita, Kansas; Sid Perry with WestBred-Monsanto in Filer, Idaho; and Janet Lewis with Bayer CropScience in Lincoln, Nebraska.

“March 25 was my grandfather’s birthday and many people have asked me if he was here today what would his message be about how we are going to feed 9 billion people by 2050,” Borlaug said. “I think he would probably tell you there are three areas we need to be concerned about.”