Updates & Reviews
Family Farm Alliance to Participate in White House Water Summit
World Water Day Event Coincides with Release of New Western Water Report
March 22, 2016
Washington, D.C. – the Family Farm Alliance later today will participate in the White House Water Summit to raise awareness of water issues and potential solutions in the United States, and to catalyze ideas and actions to help build a sustainable and secure water future through innovative science and technology.
The Obama Administration is hosting the Summit in conjunction with the United Nations World Water Day. In addition, following the White House’s call to action issued in December, more than 150 external institutions are joining the Federal government in announcing new efforts and commitments to enhance the sustainability of water in the United States by managing our water resources and infrastructure for the long term. These efforts and commitments include needed steps to accelerate development, demonstration, and deployment of innovative technologies; support critical research; enhance data collection, access, and usability; conserve water and water basins; raise public awareness; and deliver tools and technologies so that we can ensure that future generations have access to safe and reliable water resources.
Click here to learn more about all of the commitments and announcements being made today.
Over 100 Western Organizations Call on Congress
to Pass Drought Legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 16, 2016) -- Yesterday, in a renewed call for Congress to pass drought legislation this year, over 100 Western water user organizations, commodity groups and state Farm Bureaus sent a letter to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell urging bipartisan cooperation to produce compromise legislation that can be signed into law before President Obama leaves office.
Click here for the complete press statement released jointly by the Family Farm Alliance, California Farm Bureau Federation and Western Growers Association.
Earlier today, the Family Farm Alliance formally responded to 12 questions posed by members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee following the appearance of Alliance Executive Director Dan Keppen at the Committee's October 8 drought legislative hearing.
Ten questions were posed by Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-ALASKA):
Question 1: In your testimony, you reference your report, Innovations in Agriculture Stewardship: Stories of Conservation and Drought Resilience in the Arid West." Could you briefly describe how it came about, describe one of the case studies and the results?
Over 130 Western Organizations Call for Congress to Pass Drought Legislation
(October 28, 2015) - Over 130 Western water user organizations, commodity groups, and state farm bureaus yesterday signed on to a letter to U.S. Senators, urging that a bipartisan approach be employed to produce compromise legislation that can be passed by both the Senate and the House, and signed into law by President Obama this year. The Family Farm Alliance worked closely with California Farm Bureau Federation and Western Growers Association to craft the letter to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee and secure support from other interested state, regional and national organizations.
“Over the course of this year your committee has heard a multitude of bills that would address short, medium and long-term aspects of the drought both on a West-wide as well as state specific scale,” the letter stated. “Further strong leadership will be required in order to find consensus on this legislation intended to address the drought in California and across the West.”
The letter was developed at a time when water challenges in the West are significant and daunting. The Colorado River Basin has experienced the driest 15- year period since the 1960s. The ongoing drought in California is the worst to hit the region since the 13th century. Drought conditions in the Pacific Northwest are the worst seen in decades with no end in sight.
"Western Water Challenges: Drivers and Solutions"
26th Annual Event
Set for February 20-21, 2014
at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas
Chairman Hastings Receives “Water Warrior” Award,
Delivers Keynote Speech at Family Farm Alliance Annual Conference
February 22, 2013
House Natural Resources Committee Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today received the “Water Warrior” award from the Family Farm Alliance at their annual conference. The Family Farm Alliance is an advocate for family farmers, ranchers, irrigation districts, and allied industries in seventeen Western states. The award is given to individuals who have provided long-term support for western irrigated agriculture.
PUBLIC STATEMENT BY THE FAMILY FARM ALLIANCE
The Family Farm Alliance today issued a public statement regarding the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s (Reclamation) release of its Colorado River Basin Study.
“We applaud Reclamation and the Basin states for their collaborative effort that led to the completion of this important study,” said Alliance President Patrick O’Toole, who operates a cattle and sheep ranch located along a headwater tributary to the Colorado River. “A key overall benefit of this study is that, from now on, all Colorado Basin parties can work from the same technical foundation.”
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Western Irrigated Ag Creates Annual Benefit of $128 Billion
Irrigated agriculture is one of the largest job providers and economic engines in the Western United States, according to an initial study released by the Family Farm Alliance. For a region that spans the 17 Western states, the total household income impacts derived from the “Irrigated Agriculture Industry” – which is made up of direct irrigated crop production, agricultural services, and the food processing and packaging sectors – is estimated to be about $128 billion annually.