Family Farm Alliance June Brief:
Bill Kennedy, Klamath Basin,
ReElected Alliance President
Bill Kennedy (Oregon) was re-elected by board
colleagues as the Family Farm Alliance’s President.
Along with Pat O’Toole (Wyoming) as First Vice
President and Mark Ricks (Idaho) as Second Vice
President, Dan Errotabere (California) took over as
Treasurer from Judy Brown (California), who had held
the post since the Alliance was founded. She
continue as secretary.
Bill Scott (Arizona) remains chairman.
The Family Farm Alliance is a powerful
advocate for family farmers, ranchers, irrigation
districts, and allied industries in seventeen
Western states. The Alliance is focused on one
mission - To ensure the availability of reliable,
affordable irrigation water supplies to Western
farmers and ranchers.
The Family Farm Alliance is recognized as an
authority on critical issues dealing with Western
water policy. Our targeted focus enables us to be
To support our mission, we seek to:
· Impact key issues in Congress and federal and
state regulatory agencies on irrigated agriculture
· Build coalitions and create powerful alliances to
advocate for irrigated agriculture.
· Facilitate the delivery of accurate and timely
information to Congress, regulatory agencies and our
members on issues which impact Western irrigators.
· Communicate with the media and the public on
critical issues impacting Western irrigated
What Makes Us Effective
The Family Farm Alliance was founded ten years ago
with one overriding ethic: Agriculture doesn't need
another association, but it does need an effective,
low cost grass roots group that can get the job
done. That belief was our foundation and it still
drives every decision we make.
To keep costs low, we hire no full time staff. All
staff work is done under contract so we maintain
flexibility and very low overhead. In addition, we
believe that the only effective way to impact
elected officials is to have them hear first-hand
from farmers and ranchers. While we have outstanding
legislative advisors under contract, we deliver the
key messages through our members."