Check out our draft agenda below or at this link. We hope you will join us in Reno.
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
8:00 a.m.. to 4:00 p.m.
Family Farm Alliance Board of Directors and
Advisory Committee Internal Meetings
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Registration Desk Open
8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
Welcome / Opening Comments – President Patrick O’Toole
8:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Keynote Address: Commissioner Camille Touton (remote)
8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Reclamation Roundtable –David Palumbo (Deputy Commissioner), Jennifer Carrington (Columbia Basin-Pacific Northwest Region), Ernest Conant (California Great Basin Region), Brent Esplin (Missouri Basin – Arkansas – Rio Grande – Texas – Gulf Region), Jacklynn Gould (Lower Colorado Basin Region), Wayne Pullan (Upper Colorado Basin Region). Moderated by Dan Keppen (Family Farm Alliance Executive Director).
9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.
The Report from Glasgow – The Farmers’ Perspective of the COP26 Climate Forum. AG Kawamura (Co-Chair, Solutions from the Land), Patrick O’Toole (Family Farm Alliance President and SfL Board Member), Lois Wright Morten (SfL Board Member – virtual), Fred Yoder (SfL Co- – virtual). Moderated by Ernie Shea (SfL President).
11:10 a.m. to noon
Western Water Innovators – Case Studies of Voluntary Efforts to Conserve Water and Improve Water Quality. Malcolm Geary (Office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden), Julie O’Shea (Farmers Conservation Alliance), Mark Deutschman (International Water Institute). Moderated by Joe Whitworth (The Freshwater Trust).
Noon to 1:15 p.m.
Luncheon featuring Keynote Speaker – USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack (Invited)
1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
A Look at D.C. from the Hill – Brian Clifford (Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee), Melanie Thornton (Senate ENR Committee), Kiel Weaver (House Natural Resources Committee), Matt Muirragui (House Natural Resources Committee). Moderated by Mark Limbaugh (The Ferguson Group)
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
The Western Water Infrastructure Coalition – The “Behind the Scenes” Story of the Initiative That Brought $8.3 Billion for Western Water. Erin Huston (California Farm Bureau), David Reynolds (Association of California Water Agencies), Ian Lyle (National Water Resources Association), Dennis Nuxoll (Western Growers). Moderated by Lane Dickson (Family Farm Alliance / The Ferguson Group).
3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Gearing up for the Biden Administration’s 30 x 30 Initiative. Panel discussion moderated by Zach Bodane (Western Landowners Alliance).
4:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Exhibitors’ Presentations (5 minutes each)
5:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
2020 Annual Meeting
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday, February 25, 2022
8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
The Biden Administration Water Leadership Team – Robert Bonnie (USDA Under Secretary – invited). Mike Connor (Assistant Secretary Department of Defense – invited), Radhika Fox (EPA Assistant Administrator, Office of Water), Moderated by Tanya Trujillo (Interior Department Assistant Secretary for Water and Science).
9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Preparing for the 2026 Colorado River Operating Guidelines – The Perspective of Agricultural Interests. Tina Shields (Imperial Irrigation District), Daryl Vigil (Jicarilla Apache Nation – invited), Elston Grubaugh (Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District), Patrick O’Toole (Wyoming rancher), and Andy Mueller (Colorado River District). Moderated by JB Hamby (Colorado River Board of California).
10:45 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.
The Western Agriculture and Conservation Coalition – Irrigators Team Up with Conservationists to Tackle Pressing Policy Challenges. A panel discussion between national agriculture and conservation NGO representatives. Moderated by Jeff Eisenberg (Rockspring Resource Consultants).
Award Presentation and Closing Comments – Patrick O’Toole
Noon Adjourn General Session
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
DERBY DAM FISH SCREEN on the Truckee River