FAMILY FARM ALLIANCE
A powerful advocate for family farmers, ranchers, irrigation districts, and allied industries in 17 Western states.
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Meet Our President
Welcome from our executive director
Pat O'Toole, Wyoming Rancher
“The phenomenal story of irrigated agriculture is something we should always feel proud of. Over 25 years ago, farmers and ranchers felt a serious threat to our ability to continue producing food and maintaining rural communities. The founders of our organization had a far-sighted view of an alliance that would bring together irrigators from the 17 Western states. While there continue to be challenges to ensure water for farmers, the Alliance continues to be up to the task.”
Dan Keppen, Executive Director
“Thanks for visiting our site. Here you will find loads of useful information regarding our continued effort to protect water for Western farmers and ranchers. Welcome to the cause!”
Spending Less on Food
Americans pay a smaller amount of their disposable private income on food than any other country. They are able to direct more dollars toward houses, automobiles, and an ever-growing array of consumer goods.
Western Ag Producers Face Many Challenges…
Regulatory & Policy Assaults
Regulatory and policy challenges – if left unchecked – can quickly diminish formerly plentiful water supplies.
Destructive tactics employed by litigious activists can harm progress on regulatory reform and obstruct efforts to modernize infrastructure that farmers and communities depend upon.
Western Water Infrastructure
Our water infrastructure is aging and in need of rehabilitation. Less progress has been made at the federal level toward developing new and improved water infrastructure. We need these projects to keep up with the growing water demands of the West.
We are the Problem Solvers
We support all efforts to secure a stable water supply for farms and ranches. Our philosophy is simple: the best solutions come from the ground up and are driven locally by real people with a grasp of reality “on-the-ground.” We work across the federal government to find solutions through education on a policy level and in full partnership to fully use available funding and cost-share opportunities.
The individual family farmer is the most effective voice for preserving Western water. With the Alliance, these individuals have a voice in Washington.
We have a frequent presence in Washington, DC and bring together other organizations from other sectors to tackle challenges we all have in common.
We seek innovative solutions to recover water supply certainty through modernizing and expanding infrastructure.
Curb Environmental litigation
We work with the executive branch and Congress to find ways to mitigate litigation and encourage collaboration and cooperation: critical elements to ensure that federal environmental laws are properly and effectively implemented on the ground.
Modernize antiquated laws
We work to streamline and modernize implementation of federal environmental laws written nearly 50 years ago, so they work better for food production, ecosystems, and rural communities.
Don't miss our Monthly Briefing e-newsletter containing the perfect mix of news, events, and analysis on Western Water issues that you won’t find anywhere else.
When you subscribe, you will also receive our periodic Water Review providing coverage of local and regional projects and profiles of individual Family Farm Alliance members.
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Statement on the Passing of Senator Feinstein Sep. 29, 2023 Washington, D.C. —Family Farm Alliance leaders today issued statements on the passing of Senator Dianne Feinstein...
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Testifying on Capitol Hill
In the last fifteen years, we have testified before the U.S. Congress more than 80 times. Our power comes from bringing Western farmers and water managers to Washington who can share the impact of water policies on the ground.
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