Farm Foundation Forum Discusses Current Issues Facing Water Rights and Policy

The Farm Foundation Forum®: Water Rights and Policy in Agriculture Today discussed some of the current factors influencing water rights and policies in the United States.

The panel represented a wide variety of view points, covering the legal, policy, and practical sides of water rights and policy. Dan Tarlock, university distinguished professor emeritus and professor of law emeritus at Chicago-Kent College of Law, presented the legal precedent influencing current policy, with a focus on water rights as enacted east of the Missouri River. He was followed by Sarah Porter, director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy. She focused on how water rights and policies are expressed in the Colorado Basin, which impacts five million acres of agriculture across seven states. Round Table Fellow Matt Moreland, owner of Moreland Farms, gave a boots-on-the-ground perspective, discussing how water rights play out on his property in Oklahoma.

The panel was moderated by Farm Foundation Round Table Honorary Life Fellow Richard Morrison, manager of RNM Enterprises.

The presentation materials are linked below.

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