Alliance President Delivers Gripping Testimony to Senate Committee
Short-term and long-term solutions to the Western drought were the topic of the June 14 Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing. Family Farm Alliance President Patrick O’Toole’s unscripted, heartfelt testimony about the drought’s impact to Western farmers and ranchers was a hearing highlight.
Mr. O’Toole’s family owns and operates a ranch on a headwater tributary of the Colorado River in Wyoming. Over the last 20 years, the flows of the Colorado River have been 20% below average due to a drought more severe than any in the last 1,200 years.
“If we don’t act, we won’t have farms, and we won’t have rural communities,” he said at the hearing.
Mr. O’Toole told the Committee that he believes water storage and improving forest health are important steps to addressing the severe ongoing drought in the West. While other witnesses testified that additional “agricultural conservation and demand management actions are needed” to shore up dwindling Colorado River supplies, he cautioned that taking water away from farms would increase the amount of food the U.S. needs to import from other countries.
“We are about to do with agriculture what we did with manufacturing and let it go overseas,” he warned the Committee Members.
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