Farm Bill 

Recent IA Activities 

IA announces support of House farm bill conservation title

April 18, 2018

The House Committee on Agriculture  released its draft farm bill on April 12. The IA subsequently sent a letter of support for the draft farm bill’s conservation title to House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway. This letter also calls for the committee to advance the bill to the full House of Representatives for passage.

The IA also signed on to another letter of support as part of the Western Agriculture and Conservation Coalition. This coalition came together in 2012 and continues its work supporting the common interests of agriculture and conservation through targeted education, advocacy, and outreach. 

Since 2014, the IA has been actively working with congressional representatives in advance of the new farm bill process to incorporate its 2018 farm bill priorities, which support the association’s overall mission to promote efficient irrigation.

IA urges congressional action on farm bill

March 14, 2018

The Irrigation Association hosted the annual Water Resources Congressional Summit , in partnership with the National Ground Water Association and the Water Quality Association, on March 6-7, 2018. With more than 30 meetings scheduled, IA members took their personal stories of the benefits of efficient irrigation to the halls of Congress. These meetings included specific asks relating to the association's farm bill priorities.

IA announces 2018 U.S. Farm Bill priorities

Jan. 23, 2018

As part of its mission to promote efficient irrigation, the Irrigation Association is pleased to announce its 2018 U.S. Farm Bill priorities. Developed by a farm bill task force comprised of IA members representing all facets of agricultural irrigation, these priorities will serve as the core advocacy focus of the IA during the upcoming farm bill debate.

The IA’s goal is to increase opportunities for farmers to invest in efficient irrigation technologies, leading to increased environmental benefits and crop yield. The IA’s new farm bill priorities document outlines the IA’s focus on areas included in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

The current farm bill, which passed Congress in 2013, expires on Sept. 30.