2009 Ag Water Summit recap

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From The Greeley Tribune (Bill Jackson):

“How are we going to do that [produce 70% more food] without water?” Pat O’Toole asked a crowd of more than 100 Tuesday at the 2009 Ag Water Summit conducted at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. O’Toole, a southwest Wyoming rancher and farmer, is president of the Family Farm Alliance, an organization that represents farmers and ranchers in 17 western states. He set the tone for this year’s summit which also covered legislative and budgetary issues, optimizing irrigation water, updates on new water projects being planned and discussions on other ag and water issues. The annual event is presented by the Colorado Ag Water Alliance and the Colorado Ag Council.

O’Toole and his family have a cattle, sheep and hay operation along the Little Snake River north of Steamboat Springs and has served in the Wyoming House of Representatives. He is the fourth generation on the ranch where the family has had a long association with Colorado State University.

The Family Farm Alliance, he said, presents issues, many of them involving water, from the grassroots level all the way to Congress. Every state in the alliance, he said, has water issues and a major problem facing all those states is not just a population explosion in the future, but more of how much population growth can be absorbed.

More Colorado water coverage here.

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