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

Farmers & Consumers join together to support healthy water resources

Last month NYFC launched the Colorado River & Western Water Pledge, an opportunity for farmers and consumers to join together to help ensure healthy water resources now and into the future. It is no question that we face significant threats to our fresh water in the west. Dwindling surface water supply matched with increasing demand, groundwater depletion and extended drought are making us ask the question: Is this the new normal? Historically,... Read More

U.S. Senate tackles future of Colorado River

Senator Mark Udall On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee held a hearing to review findings from the Colorado River Basin Study, which NYFC has been tracking closely. Speakers representing the Bureau of Reclamation, Basin states, and municipal, agricultural, and healthy flows interests presented important Study follow-up items to the Subcommittee, moderated by CO Senator Mark Udall. (See... Read More

Young farmers hold forum with Congressman Tipton to discuss access to farming, water

Congressman Tipton speaking with James Ranch founder Dave James and farm intern. On Friday, over 25 Southwest Colorado farmers and farm advocates took time out of a busy harvest day to meet with Republican Congressman Scott Tipton to share hopes and concerns for the future of farming in the Southwest. The forum, organized by NYFC and hosted by the farmers of James Ranch in Durango, was held the day after the surprise failure of the 5-year Farm Bill... Read More

April Farmer Mixer Roundup

Though the Farm Bill has been front-and-center as of late, the farmers of NYFC are not forgetting to have a good time! April was full of young farmer mixers, from Fort Collins to Albuquerque, Texas to Rhode Island. In Fort Collins, farmers from Colorado’s Front Range celebrated their second mixer potluck-style, packing the Empire Grange and dancing to the banjo-picking tunes of Blue Grama Bluegrass. Seasonal brews from New Belgium and Odell... 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

New Strategies to Give Southern Farmers an Edge

An important recent report by the Wallace Center examines some of the issues that local farmers face in the Deep South, particularly historically disadvantaged farmers and those with limited resources.  While more opportunities are developing for farmers to meet the growing demand for local produce across the United States, disadvantaged farmers in the Deep South face major challenges, including access to and use of market information, adequate irrigation,... Read More