Jul 2, 2024 | Monthly Briefings

July 2024 “Monthly Briefing” Now Available!

Growing Senate Concern that Farm Bill Will Not Pass in 2024

Despite recent progress on the 2024 Farm Bill — including passage of the House Agriculture Committee’s version of the bill and frameworks released by Democrat and GOP factions in the Senate Agriculture Committee — Senators in recent weeks have been hinting that passage of a full Farm Bill in 2024 is growing more unlikely.

This means that another extension of the 2018 Farm Bill could be the most likely outcome before the end of September, when the existing deadline expires.

Every five years, the farm bill expires and is updated: it goes through an extensive process where it is proposed, debated, and passed by Congress and is then signed into law by the President. Each farm bill has a unique title, and the current farm bill is called the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.

Family Farm Alliance members were able to meet with Western Senators who have supported addressing drought in the new farm bill as they traveled back to their home states last month. Alliance Executive Director Dan Keppen participated in a meeting in Klamath Falls (OREGON) where local ag leaders met with Senator Merkley (pictured above in photo provided by Klamath Water Users Association). Senator Merkley has been a strong advocate in support of funding for Farm Bill watershed programs that farmers in Oregon and other Westerners utilize.

CLICK HERE to download the PDF Version of the July 2024 edition of the “Monthly Briefing”, where you can read more about this, and these other important issues to Western water users, from a perspective that you won’t find anywhere else:

  • New Deputy Commissioner Appointed at Reclamation  
  • Alliance Engages in EPA Nutrient Workshop       
  • Reclamation Proposes Expanded Use of CatEx
  • Senators Introduce Bill to Extend Upper Colorado River Basin Program….and more Colo. River News
  • Coalition Weighs in on Climate Smart Ag and Forestry Mitigation List
  • Biden Administration Announces Agency Climate Plans Through 2027
  • Interior Issues Report on Fishery Impacts of Columbia River Basin Dams     
  • House Resources Committee Approves Water, Other Bills       
  • Water Rights Compromise Reached in Idaho                               
  • House T&I Committee Marks Up Bipartisan WRDA Bill  
  • SCOTUS Decision a Win for New Mexico Irrigators         
  • A Big “Thank You” to our New and Supporting Members! 

Please do not hesitate to contact dan@familyfarmalliance.org if you have any difficulties downloading the July 2024 “Monthly Briefing”.