Western Ag Groups Seek Quick Action for IRA Water Conservation Funding

Western agriculture groups ask the Biden administration to quickly implement Inflation Reduction Act spending allocated to responding to the ongoing drought. The IRA includes $4 billion for drought response in the west. The seven agriculture groups made the request in a letter to the Interior Department and Bureau of Reclamation. The letter encourages the administration to quickly release a Notice of Funding Availability with guidance to water managers currently developing drought response proposals and quickly deploy that funding to address the most urgent needs. The letter states, “The ability of agricultural producers to participate in any voluntary, compensated water reduction program becomes much more difficult, if not impossible, if not initiated and implemented soon.” The letter also urges the administration to unite stakeholders and ensure “agriculture has a place at the table.” The letter is signed by the Arizona, California, Colorado and Oregon Farm Bureaus, the Agribusiness and Water Council of Arizona, Family Farm Alliance and Western Grower.