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A Wake Up Call From An American Rancher

Capital Press posted a guest editorial written by Family Farm Alliance President Patrick O’Toole, a Wyoming rancher, which outlines the importance of food security, and how that critical strategic national priority is now often taken for granted by the American...

“Western Farmers and Ranchers as Problem Solvers” (2016)

The Family Farm Alliance on March 22, 2016 participated in the White House Water Summit to raise awareness of water issues and potential solutions in the United States, and to catalyze ideas and actions to help build a sustainable and secure water future through...

“The Argument for the Prior Appropriation Doctrine to Allocate Water in the Western U.S.”

This paper, prepared with input from water managers and attorneys from throughout the West, counters common criticisms to the Western water rights system and explains why the prior appropriation

“Colorado River Basin Water Management – Principles and Recommendations” (2015)

Developed over an 18-month period with input from irrigators in all the Colorado River Basin states, this reportarticulates our principles for smart, effective management of water resources in the Colorado River Basin to help decision-makers in the Basin deal with the...

The Economic Importance of Western Irrigated Agriculture

Developed by the Pacific Northwest Project for the Family Farm Alliance, this report describes the remarkable contributions Western irrigated agriculture makes to the national economy, household income, and the ability for U.S. consumers to pay less of their...

“A Road Map Towards Securing the Future of Western Irrigated Agriculture” (2015)

This brief, hard-hitting report was widely circulated to policy makers in Washington, D.C. and Western states as a policy guide for the new Congress in January 2015.

“Innovations in Agricultural Stewardship: Stories of Conservation & Drought Resilience in the Arid West

Co-authored with the National Young Farmers Coalition and completed with funding support from the Walton Family Foundation, this report investigates how family farm and ranch operations in the West are finding unique solutions to save water and improve soil health.

“The 2014 Drought and Water Management Policy Impacts on California’s Central Valley Food P

The California drought is not simply the result of Mother Nature or climate change. Recent federal management of Bay-Delta water and the policies behind that management also play an important role. Written by Alliance Executive Director Dan Keppen and Dr. Tricia...

“Securing the Future of Western Agriculture – the Perspective of Western Producers”, (2014)

Published in cooperation with AGree, a national agricultural think tank consisting of diverse experts who seek to develop shared strategies for achieving transformative change, this report - authored by Alliance President Pat O'Toole (a Wyoming rancher who sits on the...

“Twenty Questions on Water Storage Projects: A White Paper that Provides Straightforward Answer

This report provides answers to any question you may have regarding water storage projects, and takes on some of the most popular myths that critics of dams have advanced in recent years.

“Endangered Species Act Implementation in the Western U.S. – Looking for Answers to Modernize a

Current implementation and litigation surrounding the federal Endangered Species Act is perhaps the primary challenge facing Western water users. This report provides detailed background and specific recommendations on how to make this 40-plus year old law really work...

“Western Water Management Case Studies (2010)

Sometimes, real-life examples provide the best stories of how successful water policy should be fashioned and implemented. This report shows how individual farmers, ranchers and irrigation districts are tackling tough water challenges throughout the Western U.S.

“Western Water Policy: The Challenges and Opportunities of our Times, Our Legacy for the Next G

In anticipation of the Democrat National Convention (Denver) and Republican National Convention (Minneapolis), this report was prepared to give leaders of both political parties policy guidance on Western water matters.

“Water Supply in a Changing Climate: The Perspective of Family Farmers and Ranchers in the Irri

This report - which has been the centerpiece for several Alliance appearances before Congressional committees - provides observations of climate change in the West and realistic solutions that can mitigate for expected associated impacts.

INSIGHTFUL Monthly Briefings

June “Monthly Briefing” Now Available!

House Ag Committee Advances 2024 Farm Bill A view of the House Ag Committee during the 2024 Farm Bill markup. Courtesy of the House Committee on Agriculture. The GOP-led House Agriculture Committee just before the holiday weekend conducted a marathon markup on its...

May “Monthly Briefing” Now Available!

Despite El Nino-driven “atmospheric river” storms that have saturated much of the mid-Pacific coast and interior watersheds, irrigators dependent upon the federally operated Central Valley Project and Klamath Project are once again facing water cutbacks…

April 2024 “Monthly Briefing” Now Available!

Proposed FWS Refuge Rule Has Ag in its Sight   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has proposed a regulation that would establish a policy to prohibit farming and grazing on public lands in the national wildlife refuge system unless new, extra-statutory...


Agricultural Water Users Profiled in Two-Volume Colorado River Report

(Las Vegas, Nevada) - A year-long effort to bring the perspectives of key agricultural water user interests into the current Colorado River Compact discussions culminated in today's release of two special "Water Review" reports prepared by the Family Farm Alliance....


A library of videos compiled from our partners on the issues impacting agricultural water across the West.



House Committee Hearing on the Colorado Drought

Mr. Enrique Martinez General Manager, Imperial Irrigation DistrictAdded 10/18/2021 at 05:28 PM Martinez Testimony - WOW Ov Hrg 10.20.21 [PDF] Mr. Pat O'Toole President, Family Farm AllianceAdded 10/18/2021 at 05:28 PM O'Toole Testimony - WOW Ov Hrg 10.20.21...

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Western Water and Agriculture Organizations

Western Water and Agriculture Organizations

Agribusiness and Water Council of Arizona Association of California Water Agencies Burley Irrigation District California Farm Water...

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