NYFC to represent young farmers on multi-stakeholder group on water in the West

Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River, a classic image of the lifeline to agriculture in the West.Image by Jim Fowler – © 2013 Open up your fridge and chances are you’ll find some of the Colorado River. Whether you’re in Florida, Wisconsin or California, or any state in between, you most likely rely on the Colorado River for part of your daily grub. Over 15% of our nation’s fruits and vegetables, much of our meat and the majority... Read More

Historic water cuts on Colorado River put strain on downstream farmers

A 14-year drought, over-allocation, increasing demand and climate change are sucking the Colorado River dry. Photo from National Geographic It’s no news that water is scarce in the arid west. But last week marked an unprecedented moment in the history of the Colorado River and the millions of people nationwide who rely on it for drinking water, meat and vegetables. Based on historically low flows in the Colorado River, the Bureau of Reclamation–a... Read More

Mayors, farmers across the west stand together for Colorado River Day

Brad Webb, farmer and owner of Mesa Park Vineyards, Palisade, CO “Essentially if we didn’t have this river and this water, we wouldn’t have agriculture in this state [of Colorado],” says Brad Webb, a local farmer and business owner of Mesa Park Vineyards in western Colorado. Brad spoke on behalf of beginning farmers for Colorado River Day in Grand Junction, one of five events held yesterday across the west. July 25th marked... Read More

Farming and water in the West: An Intro

You may be noticing our posts on water issues, or our recent Op-Ed on Colorado farmers and water conservation, and perhaps are wondering why NYFC is diving into western water. As the first of many blog posts on this topic, the following paragraphs offer some background. In most of the U.S., water is relatively abundant. Many states enjoy an average precipitation of 50 or even up to 100 inches annually. Here in the Colorado River basin—where NYFC... Read More