House Passage of Bill to Address Drought Will Have Significant Impacts for Agriculture

Washington, D.C. (July 16, 2015)—The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives today applauded House passage of H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015. Introduced by Congressman David Valadao (R-Calif.), the bill would address some of the impacts of the California drought by updating and modernizing federal water policies in the state and throughout the West.

“The Western U.S. is experiencing exceptional drought with a growing number of communities facing the devastating consequences of this historic natural disaster,” said NCFC President & CEO Chuck Conner. “H.R. 2898 will deliver relief to the region and address the complexy and contradictory laws, court decisions and regulations at the state and federal levels that have magnified the impact of the drought even further.”

“On behalf of the hundreds of farmer co-ops throughout California and the Western U.S., I would like to commend Congressman Valadao for his outstanding leadership in seeing this bill through to passage today,” Conner continued. “I urge the Senate to take action on this issue without delay.”

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