Mar 21, 2023 | Monthly Briefings

March 2023 “Monthly Briefing” Now Available!

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2023 Conference Sets New Attendance Record

 Hundreds Make the Trip to Reno, Despite West-wide Winter Storms

The Family Farm Alliance held its 2023 annual conference at the Silver Legacy in Reno, Nevada starting on Thursday, February 23, 2023. 

While travelers driving and flying to Reno faced challenging winter weather conditions, this year’s attendance at the Silver Legacy Resort was the largest ever, and the reaction from conference attendees was enthusiastic.

“We’re getting better with age,” said Alliance President Patrick O’Toole (WYOMING). “A journalist told me our conference had the highest level of intellectual discussion she had ever witnessed.”

This year’s conference theme was “A Wake-Up Call for America: Why Farms, Water and Food Matters.” 

The two-day conference general session was preceded by two full days of meetings with the Alliance board of directors and Advisory Committee, where 2023 priority issues and actions were identified. Key initiatives identified by the leadership of the Alliance for 2023 are summarized on Page 3 of this Monthly Briefing.

“This conference was a great way to show off the Alliance,” said Mr. Keppen. “I would like to thank our board, Advisory Committee, Mark Limbaugh, Norm Semanko, Josh Rolph, and Jane Townsend – our conference planner and fundraising coordinator – for another successful conference.” 

The Annual Meeting and Conference general session wrapped up at noon on Friday, February 24th, and was followed by an offsite, working lunch hosted by the Western Agriculture and Conservation Coalition (WACC). Over fifty conference attendees opted to ride a full charter style bus across a snowy Reno cityscape to partake of some Mexican food at Mari Chuy’s and hear about water conservation in the West and the upcoming Farm Bill. 

This Monthly Briefing is dedicated to coverage of these and other 2023 conference highlights.

CLICK HERE to download the PDF Version of the March 2023 Special Conference Edition of “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:

  • A “Six Point Plan” to Tackle Western Water Challenges—2023 Family Farm Alliance Priorities
  • Solving Nutrient Challenges with “Bushels of Nature”: The Nutrient Work Group
  • A Look at D.C. from Capitol Hill                         
  • Generation “NEXT”: Re-framing Western Agriculture
  • SCOTUS and Western Water: The Highest Court Gets Busy in Your Backyard
  • Bureau of Reclamation Roundtable Tradition Continues    
  • Kiss the Ground with Forestry and Ag Solutions   
  • Meet Don Wright                       
  • The PL-566 Small Watershed Program—A Report from the Field  
  • Biden’s Water Leaders Discuss Opportunities to Best Implement PL-566     
  • Ag in the Crosshairs: Colorado River Agricultural Water Management and Policy Challenges
  • A Big “Thank You” to our New and Supporting Members!                                     

Please do not hesitate to contact if you have any difficulties downloading the March 2023 “Monthly Briefing”.