Apr 1, 2022 | Blog

Monthly Briefing – April 2022

April 2022 “Monthly Briefing”


Solidarity–The Ukraine flag flies in mountain air along with the Wyoming state flag and Old Glory at Alliance President Pat O’Toole’s Ladder Ranch. Photo courtesy of Sharon O’Toole.

Global Food Insecurity Fears Intensify
 New Alliance Report Ties Food Shortages to Need for Ag Water 

As the war in Ukraine kindles fears of global food shortages, rising food prices and a multitude of rippling consequences, the recognition of a secure domestic food supply – driven in large part by irrigated agriculture in the Western U.S. – is catching the attention of political leaders around the world, the national media, and consumers.

President Biden last month said the world will experience food shortages as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and  food production increases were a subject of discussions at a Group of Seven (G7) meeting in Europe.

“It’s going to be real,” President Biden said at a news conference in Brussels. “The price of the sanctions is not just imposed upon Russia. It’s imposed upon an awful lot of countries as well, including European countries and our country as well.’”

The Family Farm Alliance last month released a report that describes current and projected food shortages resulting from the Russia-Ukraine war and explains that food security is a concern that Alliance leaders have warned policy leaders about for over fifteen years.

“The U.S. needs a stable domestic food supply, just as it needs a stable energy supply,” said Family Farm Alliance President Pat O’Toole, whose family owns and operates a ranch in Wyoming. “As we teeter on the brink of world war, that stability becomes even more pressing.”

CLICK HERE to download a PDF version of the April 2022 “Monthly Briefing”, where you can learn more about this critical issue and other matters of importance to Western farmers, ranchers and water managers:

  • Alliance Sends Forest Health Testimony to House Oversight Committee
  • Alliance Board Approves Colorado River Policy Brief….And Other Colorado River Basin News
  • FY 2022 Omnibus Appropriations Act Signed Into Law
  • Bipartisan Infrastructure Funds Hit the Ground in the West 
  • Activity Swirls Around Clean Water Act Implementation  
  • Long-Term Drought Conditions Persist in the West 
  • Biden Administration Releases FY 2023 Budget
  • A Big “Thank You” to our New and Supporting Members! 

If you have difficulties downloading the PDF or if you have any questions regarding this “Monthly Briefing”, please do not hesitate to contact dan@familyfarmalliance.org.