UNWNRD Board Votes to Implement Modified Ground Water Management Rules

During the August Board meeting held on August 14, the Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District (UNWNRD) Board voted unanimously to move forward with implementation of the amended Ground Water Management Area (GWMA) Rules and Regulations for Dawes, Sheridan, Box Butte and the Northern two-thirds of Sioux counties. The proposed amendments outline allocation of 65 acre inches over 5 years or annualized allocation of 13 inches for 2015-2019 in sub areas four and six, which are the currently


Crop Water Use Report for the week of August 4, 2014

Over the past week, corn used 2.11 inches.

Expected use by corn for this week is 2.00 inches.

In the past week, beets used 1.80 inches.

Expected use by beets for this week is 1.90 inches.

Over the past week, potatoes used 1.91 inches.

Expected use by potatoes for this week is 1.85 inches.

In the past week, beans used 1.80 inches.

Expected use by beans for this week is 2.05 inches.

Expected use by alfalfa for this week is 1.95 inches.

In past week, actively growing lawns used 2.05


UNWNRD Withdraws Proposed Regulation Changes

During the May Board meeting held in Alliance on May 15, the Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District (UNWNRD) Board elected to withdraw proposed changes to its Ground Water Management Area (GWMA) Rules and Regulations.

The proposed amendments outlined allocations for 2015-2019 in sub areas four and six as well as initial allocations for the rest of the District.  

Sub areas four and six are currently in the last year of a four year allocation period (2011-2014) in which the ground


Livestock Disaster Programs to be discussed at upcoming FSA meetings

The FSA will be hosting four informational meetings to discuss the Livestock Disaster Programs approved in the 2014 Farm Bill. These programs provide payments to eligible producers to compensate for losses due to adverse weather events such as drought, blizzards and wildfire for 2011-2013.

There are three informational meetings planned in April and one in May. Producers are asked to contact the FSA Office to pre-register for the meeting they plan to attend so that there are training materials


UNWNRD Board Deliberates, Welcomes Solutions Concerning Ground Water Management Rules

During a regularly scheduled Board meeting held on April 8, the Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District (UNWNRD) Board heard comments from local irrigators and elected to schedule a second Advisory Committee Meeting before implementing changes to its Ground Water Management Area (GWMA) Rules and Regulations. The purpose of the Rules and Regulations is to protect the longevity of the ground water supply for all users.

The proposed amendments addressed reducing the ground water


Nebraska Farm Bureau Backed Farm Truck Bill Passes, Provides Regulatory Relief

Nebraska farmers and ranchers can look forward to regulatory relief in the area of farm truck regulations thanks to the passage of a bill supported by Nebraska Farm Bureau. Gov. Dave Heineman signed LB 983 into law March 28 after state lawmakers gave final approval to the measure. The law includes provisions designed to bring Nebraska farm truck regulations in line with federal farm truck requirements.

“The passage of federal MAP-21 legislation in 2012 provided some exemptions for farm


No Till Notes - “Improving Our Productivity”

By Mark Watson, Panhandle No-till Educator 

Last week I gave an example of what rancher/farmer Gabe Brown, from Bismarck, North Dakota has accomplished on his operation by focusing his efforts on soil health. Over the past 15 years, Gabe has dramatically improved the health of his soil. This improved soil health has lowered his cost of production and improved the profitability of his operation considerably.

This path towards soil health has been cleared by people like Gabe and has given us a


USDA Encourages Early Registration for FSA Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia today recommended that farmers and ranchers who plan to participate in FSA programs register in advance. Producers are encouraged to report farm records and business structure changes to a local FSA Service Center before April 15, 2014. 

Enrollment for the disaster programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, including the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program


Despite opposition, many landowners await pipeline

By Grant Schulte

Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - If the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline ever gains approval, Ronald Weber will watch from his farmhouse as workers lay the line beneath a half-mile of his cropland in northeast Nebraska.

The 69-year-old retired farmer wishes the pipeline had missed his property, simply to avoid the difficulty of growing corn and soybeans around the construction work. But what leaves Weber exasperated are the repeated project delays.

“It’s ridiculous

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