Family Farm Alliance: Irrigation Modernization Water Infrastructure for the 21st Century and Beyond

As Congress considers infrastructure legislation, it is important to realize that water infrastructure is imperative for securing our communities throughout the West. Aging agricultural infrastructure, an expanding population, persistent droughts, and declining fish populations are stressing scarce water resources. Farmers in the Western United State rely on irrigation to grow food. But the dams and canals that capture and convey this water from rivers to farms are inefficient, and, in many scenarios, farmers are not getting the water they need.

Investing in modernizing our irrigation systems throughout the Western United States makes our water supply and rural communities more resilient, secures our food supply, creates opportunities for domestic energy production, and improves fish and wildlife habitat. By addressing fundamental problems in aging water infrastructure, modernizing irrigation systems provides unifying solutions for rural farming communities and the environment.

Click here to watch the stunning video prepared by Farmers Conservation Alliance (FCA), a 501c3 nonprofit organization and member of the Family Farm Alliance that is championing irrigation modernization strategies to achieve agricultural resilience and conservation benefits. Formed in 2005, FCA is currently partnering with farmers throughout the west to install fish screens and develop and implement customized approaches for broad-scale irrigation modernization.


We strive to do it all here at Family Farm Alliance. Our Non-Profit Organization provides a dynamic work environment where deadlines are met and goals are not only met, but they are exceeded. We work on many exciting initiatives to improve the lives of others, and are very proud of the work we do. Learn about our exciting initiatives, and what we are working on every day in order to promote change. CLICK HERE for the 2018 “Activities and Accomplishments” report to learn more about the Alliance and the organization’s recent accomplishments. Learn more online @

By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.