Growing food for our future: agriculture around the world with Kerri Wright Platais

Spur of the Moment: Episode 06
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Agriculture brings wealth and sustainability to every society, yet all cultures approach it differently, and agriculture extension programs offered by universities are unique to the U.S. In many counties, a farmer’s gender determines which crop they will produce. 

In this Spur of the Moment episode, Kerri Wright Platais — special advisor to the Chancellor and director of International Agriculture at CSU Spur — discusses the nuances of global agriculture and how to help feed the world’s growing population.

BIDTAH BECKER

Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources.  She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.  Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues.  Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon.  Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama.  Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.

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