November 1, 2016

Drought is a natural disaster, albeit a slow moving one. The announcement in early summer that closer collaboration between drought resiliency programs at USDA and the Department of Interior would be coming to the Colorado River basin was welcomed by those that depend...

October 6, 2016

Engaging the teams for both candidates is critical when it comes to Western water issues.

With two remaining candidates vying for the presidency, now is the time to engage their transition teams to advance a consistent and thoughtful federal water policy that looks to m...

September 2, 2016

Opinion: We need to know more about how presidential hopefuls view this resource.

Many of us in the Western water arena have been scratching our heads in recent months, as water matters – let alone ranching and farming issues – have been virtually ignored by the candida...

May 7, 2016

Focus on water during D.C. event gives farmers and ranchers a chance to tell their story too.

The White House - on World Water Day March 22 - sponsored a 3-hour Water Summit to create public awareness of water. This event was intended to offer up innovative solutions to...

March 17, 2016

This public-private partnership in the West is yielding positive results, and it's a story worth telling.

The Family Farm Alliance continued its close work with Western governors to find ways to improve implementation of the federal Endangered Species Act when Alliance...

February 4, 2016

Drought is driving lawmakers to look at new measures for the West, how will they impact the region?

In the world of Western water, a massive flood event or devastating drought is sure to get policy makers focused on the need to update and create more effective water man...

October 13, 2015

Opponents of irrigated agriculture are using the drought to stop programs, what does that mean for producers.

The Western drought and the contention surrounding it has provided an opportunity for opponents of irrigated agriculture to falsely criticize our industry, and...

September 30, 2015

What if someone suggested to you a new policy, one that would result in less food production, a loss of states' rights and more federal control, less water for your household, for migratory birds and economic activity, and also would spawn endless lawsuits?

What if this...

September 9, 2015

Critics of ag water use are using the current drought to make changes, but they need to understand what's behind key water use approaches.

Certain critics of California's water rights system are using the current drought crisis as a forum to advance their claims that We...

August 18, 2015

Lawmakers are talking about ways to manage drought and agriculture should be at the table.

Last month, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing on drought conditions in the Western U.S. Cannon Michael (Bowles Farming Co., in California...

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