Water Rights/Use Articles




Farm Bureau comments on WOTUS jurisdiction change


With a large percentage of Montana slated to be regulated under the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule, the Montana Farm Bureau expressed cautious optimism in today’s ruling that federal district courts have the jurisdiction to review the unlawful rule.

MSU College of Ag hosts first 'College of Ag Connects' forum on January 15


With a new year upon us, it's time to make new plans and goals for your farm or ranch. Take advantage of this opportunity to from a great line up of University specialists.

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.