Family Farm Alliance executive director Dan Keppen writes a monthly column on behalf of the Alliance that appears in Western Farmer-Stockman magazine. Alliance representatives have also been invited to also write guest columns for other Western publications and newspapers.
The Family Farm Alliance was founded nearly 25 years ago with one overriding ethic: Agriculture doesn't need another association, but it does need an effective, low cost grass roots group that can get the job done. That belief was our foundation and it still drives every decision we make.
WHAT WE DO
We strive to do it all here at Family Farm Alliance. Our Non-Profit Organization provides a dynamic work environment where deadlines are met and goals are not only met, but they are exceeded. We work on many exciting initiatives to improve the lives of others, and are very proud of the work we do. Learn about our exciting initiatives, and what we are working on every day in order to promote change. CLICK HERE for the 2018 "Activities and Accomplishments" report to learn more about the Alliance and the organization's recent accomplishments.
The Alliance understands that legislators and regulators cannot make good policy decisions until they understand the impact on our business. This program brings key Congressional and regulatory staff members to the West to tour farms and water projects and learn how their actions impact irrigated agriculture.
The Alliance's "cornerstone" program which brings family farmers and water professionals to Washington, D.C. to meet with legislators on critical water issues. The Alliance believes strongly that the most effective voice in Washington DC is the individual family farmer.
The Alliance's Advisory Committee, comprised of farmers and prominent water professionals, is critical to the mission of the Family Farm Alliance. The Advisory Committee assists the Board in developing policy and acts as the grass roots contact network for issues of importance to Alliance members.
COLORADO RIVER INITIATIVE
The Alliance in 2015 completed an important water policy report intended to guide water policy planning efforts in the Colorado River Basin. The 20-page report, titled “Colorado River Water Management – Principles & Recommendations” was shared in July 2015 with water policy leaders representing agriculture and municipal water users, conservation groups, and power interests in the Basin states.
ANNUAL MEETING AND CONFERENCE
The Annual Meeting and Conference is an opportunity for farmers and water professionals from throughout the west to focus on topics of critical concern. Each year, a wide variety of speakers address the issues that make a difference to irrigators. Members of Congress and their staff, Administration officials from the Department of Interior, EPA and other federal agencies are regulars on the program. The annual meeting takes place every year on the week of Presidents Day holiday.
2020 Annual Conference: Feb. 20-22, 2020
ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT (ESA) MODERNIZATION INITIATIVE
The Family Farm Alliance has long worked with federal agencies, others in the regulated community, the House Natural Resources Committee and the Congress to focus attention on the impact of ESA-related litigation and the subsequent listing settlement agreements that result. This takes time and resources away from real species recovery efforts.
WESTERN WATER RIGHTS INITIATIVE AND AUSTRALIA
The Alliance’s 2015 water rights report, "The Argument for the Prior Appropriation Doctrine to Allocate Water in the Western U.S.", prepared with input from water managers and attorneys from throughout the West, counters common criticisms to the Western water rights system and explains why the prior appropriation doctrine....works. It also provides a perspective on the Australian "model" that mainstream media reporting often overlooks.
"THIRSTY LAND" FILM
Thirsty Land, a brand-new documentary film co-sponsored by the Family Farm Alliance, and directed and produced by EMMY Award-winner Conrad Weaver, focuses on the multi-year drought facing California, Washington and other southwestern states. Family Farm Alliance President Pat O’Toole and Treasurer Dan Errotabere are featured in the film, which provides interviews with key figures in Western water, and tracks the challenges and activities they engage in to tackle extreme drought.