Mar 7, 2024 | Monthly Briefings

March 2024 “Monthly Briefing” Now Available!

Special Annual Conference Edition

This special edition of the “Monthly Briefing” is dedicated to coverage of the 2024 Family Farm Alliance Annual Conference and Meeting, which was held February 22-23 in Reno, Nevada. One week before the conference, Alliance President Pat O’Toole suffered a stroke at Ladder Ranch, his family’s sheep and cattle operation on the Wyoming-Colorado border. Mr. O’Toole’s passing occurred just days after the Family Farm Alliance annual conference wrapped up in Reno (NEVADA).

While the conference set another attendance record, the mood in Reno was somber and his absence was keenly felt and noted by many of those who spoke at the event. Coverage of the conference begins on Page 3 of this “Monthly Briefing”, following the lead story that reports on Pat’s passing. CLICK HERE to download the PDF Version of the March 2024 special conference edition of the “Monthly Briefing”, where you can read more about this year’s conference:

  • 2024 Annual Conference Sets Attendance Record….President Patrick O’Toole’s Absence “Keenly Felt”
  • Reclamation Leaders Drill Down on Infrastructure Spending, Shifting Hydrology
  • Anne Castle Moderates Colorado River Tribal Panel ….Agriculture and Water: Past, Present and Future
  • “We’re here to Help –Help Us Help You!”….Western Academics Reach out to Producers
  • The View from Capitol Hill: Federal Farm & Water Legislation
  • The Fate of the Lower Snake River Dams
  • Where’s the Recourse? The Challenge of Dealing with ESA Administration
  • Navigating the Nexus—NRCS and DOE Funding on BOR Projects
  • Meet Don Wright of
  • “Muddy Reflection” – A Look Back at the 2023 Water Season
  • “A Big Thank You” to our New and Supporting Members!
  • 2024 Alliance Award Winners         

Our conference is always a great way to show off what the Alliance is all about. I would like to thank our board, Advisory Committee (pictured, left), Mark Limbaugh, Norm Semanko, Todd Ungerecht, Josh Rolph, and Jane Townsend – our conference planner and fundraising coordinator – for another successful conference.

Friends, followers and associates in Pat O’Toole’s vast personal and professional network flooded the office of the Family Farm Alliance with their condolences, memories, love and respect for the long-time Alliance President. The response from those who knew Pat has been extraordinary and overwhelming.

The O’Toole family asks that donations in Pat’s memory be made to The Patrick O’Toole Young Conservationist Scholarship, which will provide funding for young farmers and ranchers to attend future Family Farm Alliance annual conferences. We set up a new page on our website: to simplify on-line contributions. Through this scholarship, the legacy of Pat’s work will continue for generations to come.

Thank you.

Dan Keppen
Executive Director and Editor