Rural Living in Flathead Valley – Agriculture and the Right to Farm

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

This is part four of the series regarding living in rural areas of the Flathead County in Montana. If you are considering moving to a rural area, you need to consider purchasing decisionsaccess issuesservice delivery, agriculture and the right to farm, mother nature and wildlife. The first three posts can be accessed by clicking the links above. This post about rural living in Flathead County covers the topic of agriculture and farming.

 

Rural Living in the Flathead Valley - Agriculture and the Right to FarmFlathead County Planning and Zoning prepared an excellent document for both natives and newcomers to the area. They've given me their thumbs up to share here. The fourth chapter deals with farming and agriculture topics.

 

And I quote:

 

Agriculture and the Right to Farm

 

Agriculture is still an important part of the Flathead County economy, even as subdivisions appear more often than hay or mint and houses dot more fields than cow-calf pairs.

 

The folks who homesteaded this valley knew how to take care of their land and many of their descendants continue to feed their families (and yours!) by raising similar crops.

 

Here's a few things you should know about your farming and ranching neighbors:

 

  • Farmers often work around the clock, especially during planting and harvest. Dairy operators sometimes milk without stopping and hay is often baled at night. It is possible that adjoining agricultural uses may disturb your idea of peace and quiet.

 

  • Land preparation and other operations can cause dust, especially during windy and dry weather.

 

  • Farmers occasionally burn their fields and ditches to keep them clean of debris, weeds, and other obstructions. This burning creates smoke you may find objectionable.

 

  • Chemical such as fertilizers and pesticides are often used in growing crops. You may be sensitive to these substances or have an allergic reaction.

 

  • Animals and their waste can cause objectionable odors. Enough said.

 

  • Areas of the county are in open range. This means if you do not want cattle or other livestock on your property, the burden is on you to fence them out. It is not the farmer or rancher's job to keep them off your land.

 

  • If you choose to live among the farms and ranches of Flathead County, do not expect the county to intervene in the normal daily operations of your agricultural neighbors. Right to Farm laws protect them from nuisance and liability lawsuits, enabling them to continue producing food and fiber for us all.

 

  • Animals can be dangerous. Bulls and stallions can attack human beings. No livestock should be approached, particularly by children. It is not wise or safe to enter pens or pastures where animals are kept or offer them food or treats, even over a fence line.

 

  • A dog's natural tendency is to chase things that run from it. This type of "play" can mean injury to both pet and livestock, for which you will be held financially accountable. It is your responsibility to keep your dog out of your neighbor's pastures and livestock enclosures.

 

Rural Living in the Flathead Valley - Agriculture and the Right to Farm

I do not live near a cattle ranch or farm, so cannot provide any personal insight into those environments. I do live next door to a horse ranch, though. I hear the horses and smell the, uh, you know, smell of horses. I love it. Being outside on my property and hearing a neighing horse makes me smile.

 

Most of the items listed above are simple common sense. If you live near a farm or ranch, you will smell everything that occurs there. You may be impacted by noise. You will have to keep an eye on your pets and family members.

 

If you are interested in purchasing land or an existing home in rural areas of the Flathead Valley, I'd be happy to make sure you have the information you need to select the property or home that works for you. The same is true if you want to move into a city or town. I'm available to assist with those properties as well. Just call me at 406-270-3667 or email me at kat@thehousekat.com.

 

Part five of this series will address Mother Nature. Until then, enjoy!

 

Click here for more information on the Kalispell or Bigfork areas.

 

Originally published at thehousekat.com.

 

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Broker, CBR®

 

Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp

P.O. Box 10458

Kalispell, MT 59904

 

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Michael Jacobs - You know, I don't think I ever actually watched that show. We had limits on TV time growing up and that never made it to the "must watch" list! So I don't quite get the reference.

Will Hamm - Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

Mar 10, 2020 09:02 AM #6
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This is great information for those looking to live in a rural area that might not have all of the things that one would take for granted in a big city.

Mar 10, 2020 10:21 AM #7
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Hi Kat Palmiotti -  thanks for sharing that.  It certainly appears that farmers enjoy farming without controls in Montana.

Mar 10, 2020 11:14 AM #8
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Thank you for commenting, Brian England - rural land is definitely totally different than urban!

Hi Grant Schneider . Yes, farming gets priority!

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I live rural but with CC&Rs. We have garden patches for growing vegetables...

Happy Wednesday Kat Palmiotti 

Mar 11, 2020 06:35 AM #10
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Roy Kelley
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This is very good information to share with those considering a move to a rural area.

Mar 11, 2020 06:42 AM #11
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Kat Palmiotti,

What a great post.  I admire the fact that farmers in your community are given deference. The "Right to farm" needs to be respected. I have lived almost my entire life in areas such as dairies, that were taken over by subdivisions.  These farmers were pushed out and I love to see an area that respects how important farming is. 

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Hi Kat:

This has been such an informative post, with lots of issues for people to think about that they might not have considered! You are the expert in the area!

Jeff

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Kat, I am enjoying your great series on your new area. To be so close to the ruaral and city atmosphere must be an exciting journey!

Mar 12, 2020 04:02 AM #14
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - We specifically stayed away from any CCR properties when we were looking. We didn't want anyone telling us how small/big our house needed to be, etc. Many properties here do have CCRs though!

Thank you Roy Kelley !

Mar 12, 2020 05:49 AM #15
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - Good morning! Unfortunately, some farmers have closed their doors because it is getting more crowded, and some of the supply chain is no longer here.

Thank you for your comment Jeff Dowler, CRS !

 

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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - It is very exciting! Have a great day!

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Good Thursday morning, Kat.

Have a great day and a very productive week.

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Our CC&Rs are a direct reflection of the people who created them and where they came from unfortunately...

Happy Thursday Kat Palmiotti 

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Kat, excellent post, and lots of valuable information for potential buyers looking to live rurally.

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Kat Palmiotti - You provide a wealth of information that every buyer needs to know. Buyers would be wise to contact you and trust you with their real estate needs. You have a way with working with people that is very professional. 

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Roy Kelley - Thank you!

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - Happy Friday!

Thank you Joan Cox - Rural living is a bit different.

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - Thank you! The phone lines are open! :-)

Mar 13, 2020 05:13 AM #22
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Thanks so much for your comments on my recent post. Have a great day and a very special weekend.

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Hi Kat Palmiotti - Cheers to the good memories of our visit last Fall. Today, tomorrow, and always, I wish you good health, laughter, love, and interesting discoveries throughout Montana!

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Thank you Roy Kelley for your good wishes!

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - I hope this is a happy Saturday. I wish you the same as well! Hopefully you can come discover Montana at some time during the next year!

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