Water Rights/Use Articles




Drought Conditions Continue to Prevail across Montana


Updates from the Governor's Drought & Water Supply Advisory Committee meeting.

Farmers and ranchers urged to comment on WOTUS


The Montana Farm Bureau is urging farmers and ranchers to submit comments regarding how the Water of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule would negatively affect them. Send your comments to EPA to support the repeal of the illegal 2015 WOTUS rule at fb.org/wotus-comments.

What does that "file for exempt water rights" notice really mean?


Nearly 350,000 property owners in Montana recently received notice in the mail of their opportunity to file exempt water rights. What should you do with it?

Understanding Exempt Water Rights


MFBF is urging landowners to pay attention to a notice received from the state regarding the opportunity to file on an Exempt Water Right.

Montana Farm Bureau pleased with WOTUS rule repeal proposal


Today, Environmental Protection Association Administrator Scott Pruitt officially announced the proposal to repeal the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule.

Legislation Offers Relief from Federal Water Extortion


The Water Rights Protection Act introduced in the House could bring U.S. ranchers much-needed relief from ongoing efforts by the federal government to extort privately held water rights from law-abiding citizens.

Montana Farm Bureau: Stop water rights extortion


Federal agencies managing western lands are increasingly demanding that ranchers with grazing permits on federal lands surrender their water rights to the government or get off the range. MFBF believes this is extortion and not an acceptable practice of the ‘peoples’ government.’

Seed Bill passes, House considers tax incentive for pulse processors


The Seed Bill will protect the private property rights of landowners by preventing a potential patchwork of regulation on a county-by-county basis. It’s important that Montana’s farmers and ranchers now reach out to Governor Bullock to tell him how much we value our right to make our own decisions about what we plant and grow in our fields.

Bill would give stock water, domestic users deadline to file on formerly exempt water rights


We’re well into the second half of the Legislative session, and it was another busy week in Helena. At this point, many of the bills we see before committees are bills we’ve previously testified on that are completing the second half of their journey through the legislative process.

Farm Bureau Convention Concludes with 2017 Policy Roadmap


Delegates at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Annual Convention today approved a host of public policy measures designed to help assure a prosperous future for farmers, ranchers and everyone who depends on them for food, fuel and fiber.