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...

2021 Accomplishments & Activities Report

This report outlines and highlights the many accomplishments and activities of the Family Farm Alliance in 2021. The annual report is disseminated to our annual conference attendees each year. Thanks to our conference sponsors and report advertisers that made this...

2020 Accomplishments & Activities Report

This report outlines and highlights the many accomplishments and activities of the Family Farm Alliance in 2020. The annual report is disseminated to our annual conference attendees each year. Thanks to our conference sponsors and report advertisers that made this...

Final Report on Perceptions of Demand Management in Western Colorado

The Nature Conservancy has commissioned a report exploring the perceptions of demand management on Colorado's West Slope. It is intended to help shed light on the social/cultural issues that surround demand management in order to help everyone engaged in the...

“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 t

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.

INSIGHTFUL Monthly Briefings

June 2023 “Monthly Briefing” Now Available!

Supreme Court Rules on Sackett v. EPA WOTUS Case  “A win for rural America” The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a landmark ruling last month in Sackett v. EPA which significantly narrowed much of the federal...

May 2023 “Monthly Briefing” Now Available!

Colorado River Supplies Get a Boost Long-Term Solutions Still Remain Elusive Above-average snowpack and projected runoff will send more water from the Colorado River Basin’s Lake Powell to Lake Mead this year, but federal officials warned that hard decisions...

April 2023 “Monthly Briefing” Now Available!

Winter Storms Provide Relief, Challenges for California Farmers In the interior West, record snow impacts ranchers In this 250th edition of the “Monthly Briefing”, read about how a relentless series of immense “atmospheric river” storm events has generated...


Water Review: Restoring the Salton Sea

An Ambitious Plan to Restore the Salton Sea Imperial Irrigation District, County Launch Joint Effort The September 2015 Family Farm "Water Review" discusses Imperial Irrigation District's efforts to restore California's Salton Sea. In taking the next steps to avert...

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PRESS RELEASE: Infrastructure Bill Signed Into Law

PRESS RELEASE: Infrastructure Bill Signed Into Law

For Immediate Release Joint-Coalition-Infrastructure-StatementDownload Infrastructure Bill Delivers Major Victory for Western Water Users IRVINE, Calif. (November 15, 2021) – With President Biden’s signature on the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act...

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Family Farm Alliance Applauds Infrastructure Passage

Family Farm Alliance Applauds Infrastructure Passage

House-passed Bill Includes $8.3 Billion for Western Water Infrastructure Credit: CLICK HERE for pdf version. For Immediate ReleaseNovember 6, 2021(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The House of Representatives last night passed the biggest U.S. infrastructure package in...

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2022 Activities & Accomplishments




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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Click below for the most recent employment options in Western irrigated agriculture from our partners. 



Because these positions are often based in rural areas, we attempt to help our friends and partners to help spread the word to those who might be interested in pursuing a change in employment.

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