Ag briefs: Understanding exempt water rightsSource: Great Falls Tribune
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Understanding exempt water rights
The Montana Farm Bureau urges landowners to pay attention to a notice received from the state regarding opportunities to file on exempt water rights. The 350,000 notices came about due to legislation passed by the 65th Montana Legislature. The legislation placed a June 30, 2019 deadline on filing claims.
Prior to 1972, there was no reason for a water user to file. The 1972 Montana Constitution, however, recognized existing water rights and charged the state with generating a record of state water rights. at the beginning of the statewide water adjudication process, the Montana Supreme Court issued an order that all water users who wanted to claim a right to use water that was out to use before 1973 had to file a claim with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC).
There were two exceptions on this requirement: instream stock use and domestic use. Water rights in existence before 1973 utilized for livestock and individual use, as opposed to municipal or domestic, was not required to be filed on. Property owners are still not required to file, but the Montana Farm Bureau recommends it.
If water users don’t file claims, they don’t lose the water right. However, the right will be subordinated by all other water rights on the stream. By filing an exempt water right, you’re able to enforce the right against all other timely filed water rights in the state. In addition, if your exempt water right is filed and recorded with DNRC, you’re entitled to receive notice of various water right proceedings in your basin.
For more information, contact the DNRC at 406-444-0560 or go to www.dnrc.mt.gov.
Moccasin Field Day scheduled
The 2017 Moccasin Field Day will take place on Wednesday, July 12 at the MSU Central Agricultural Research Center, 52583 US Highway 87, Moccasin, MT 59462.
Activities will kick off at 8:15 a.m. with coffee, tea, rolls, and registration. Tour wagons will then load up and head out to plots at 9 a.m. People will return to the center at noon for a lunch sponsored by United Grain-Moccasin.
The focus on this year’s field day will be small-grain and pulse varieties adapted to central Montana conditions. Discussion of winter wheat, spring wheat, pea, lentil and chickpea varieties will be included. There will also be discussions on biological inoculants for use with pea and chickpea, fertilizer management, soil health, and the value of a diversified crop rotation. Several research speakers will be present as well.
Ben Thomas, the director of the Montana Department of Agriculture, will be attending the field day. All are invited.