Sep 6, 2022 | Events

“The 2022 Western Drought: Current Conditions on the Ground”

landscape during drought

Congressional Staff Briefing – September 29, 2022

Hear from Western Water Managers and Farmers About the Real Impacts of the 2022 Drought

On behalf of the Family Farm Alliance, we are pleased to invite you to attend our upcoming Congressional Staff Western Drought Briefing. This in-person event will allow you to hear directly from the Western producers and water managers who are literally at “Ground Zero” dealing with the challenges of one of worst droughts for the Western U.S. in modern history. This briefing has been organized as part of the 2022 Family Farm Alliance Farmer Lobbyist trip. 

The briefing will be held entirely in-person in the Capitol Visitors Center. This forum is planned to begin at 9:30 AM on Thursday, September 29 and will last no longer than one hour. Please note that space is limited, so should you choose to accept this invitation, we kindly request that you RSVP by September 19, 2022. 

The 2022 Capitol Hill Drought Briefing will provide an opportunity to hear from and interact with Westerners who manage water in these grim conditions every day, disrupting water deliveries to farms, cities, hydropower facilities, and the environment.

Alliance leaders will provide a quick overview of the Western drought, and a handful of water managers and farmers from California, Oregon, and the Colorado River Basin will describe the challenges they are facing, the drivers behind those challenges, and what can be done to help. The briefing will be interactive, and you will be encouraged to ask questions about the unique challenges and potential solutions that will be presented by the speakers. 

The Family Farm Alliance – For over twenty-five years, the Alliance has represented Western family farmers and ranchers in defense of irrigated agriculture. And we have a proven track record of success that includes over 90 invitations to testify before Congress since 2005. The annual farmer lobbyist trip is one of the cornerstone programs of our organization. It was created to allow farmers, ranchers and water managers to interact directly with elected officials and other policymakers in Washington, D.C. This year’s farmer lobbyist contingent includes representatives from Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington state, and Wyoming.  

Many thanks in advance for considering joining this critical conversation, and we look forward to hearing from you and providing you with further information. Please contact Tina Dykstra at The Ferguson Group at and please RSVP by September 19. Sincerely,

Dan Keppen Patrick O’Toole 
Executive Director President
Klamath Falls, Oregon Savery, Wyoming