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The LRNRD is leading the charge by coordinating recycling efforts with producers who use bags for grain storage, and recyclers who haul them off. At the LRNRD, we often hear that farmers want to the do the right thing and with grain bags it’s not burning them or burying them.

The LRNRD is working to get a rough count of rolled-up ready to recycle grain bags and collecting survey information to help coordinate this recycling effort along with any potential future events. How many bags do you have to recycle?  Click Here for the SURVEY. 

The LRNRD has tentatively set the recycling collection dates of March 6th, 7th and 8th for 2019. Look for additional information regarding the date, time and location nearest you once our survey results are compiled.    

Please call one of our field technicians if you have used grain bags that can be recycled or if you are interested in hosting a collection site.

- Recycled Grain Bags -

· Need to be rolled up for hauling to the recycling plant. (Do not use net wrap to secure rolls. Twine or screws are recommended.)

· Weigh 300-700 lbs. a roll.

· Are made into plastic pellets for other uses.

· Are unwanted at landfills.

*The chemical reactions that occur during the burning of plastic grain storage bag produces toxic substances that releases highly toxic materials into the atmosphere and into the soil. The toxins left in ash can impact water and soil quality. When materials containing chlorine are used, dioxins and furans may form, which can cause health effects ranging from cancer to nervous system disorders, to birth defects.


Come attend the 25th annual South Central Water Conference (formerly the Holdrege Water Conference) on February 5th at the Phelps County Ag Center.

The conference will bring experts involved with water issues, as well as other topics to inform and discuss current issues of importance to area residents. The registration starts at 9:30 a.m., with coffee and rolls, and the conference will conclude around 3 p.m. There is no admission fee and lunch will be served courtesy of the conference’s sponsors. Speakers and topics for the conference include:

  • South Central On-Farm Irrigation Research Overview  -  Todd Whitney, Nebraska Extension Educator
  • NRCS Soil Health  -  Doug Garrison, NRCS Central Nebraska ARC              
  • UNL TAPS Program Overview -  Daran Rudnick, Nebraska Extension WC Irrigation Specialist
  • UNL TAPS Program from a Participant’s View  -  Tim Schmeeckle, TAPS Winner for 2017 & 2018
  • Keynote Speaker  -  Devin Brundage, CNPPID General Manager
  • Climate Outlook for 2019 Irrigation Season  -  Al Dutcher, UNL Associate Nebraska State Climatologist
  • Water Resources Update  -  Nolan Little, TBNRD, Scott Dicke, LRNRD, Cory Steinke, CNPPID, Craig Scott, US Bureau of Reclamation

The Lower Republican Natural Resource District joins with the Tri-Basin Natural Resources District, The Central NebraskaPublic Power and Irrigation District, the Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce and Phelps-Gosper Cooperative Extension to sponsor the event. Area merchants and agricultural suppliers will be on hand with booths and displays to discuss their products and services with conference attendees.

Times are 24-hour format. (For example, 13:00 = 1:00 PM and 18:00 = 6:00 PM.)

County Date Time City Location Extension Contact Phone Number Email Comments / Notes
Adams 6-Feb-19 13:30 Hastings Adams County Fairgrounds Ron Seymour (402) 461-7209 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Red Willow 13-Feb-19 17:30 McCook Community Building Kat Caswell (308) 345-3390 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Phelps 21-Feb-19 13:30 Holdrege Ag Center - Fairgrounds Todd Whitney (308) 995-4222 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Todd Whitney's cell - 308-995-7272
Franklin 5-Mar-19 13:30 Franklin Franklin County Fairgrounds Ron Seymour (402) 461-7209 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Phelps 14-Mar-19 13:30 Holdrege Ag Center - Fairgrounds Todd Whitney (308) 995-4222 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Todd Whitney's cell - 308-995-7272
Red Willow 20-Mar-19 13:00 McCook Community Building, Fairgrounds Kat Caswell (308) 345-3390 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Click here for a full list of trainings across the state.


Tree Planting Webster Co 2018 website

The LRNRD Cost shares on minimum orders of 100 trees or $100 per planting. Orders are accepted at the County NRCS offices for planting this spring.  Below is a list of the available trees and shrubs.  Please contact your county NRCS office for availability. The deadline for tree orders is March 8th. 2019 Tree List  For more information click here.


2019 prescribed fire training workshops are being held across the state to provide training to landowners, land managers, resource professionals, volunteer fire departments, and others interested in the application and ecology of fire.  

The Basic Workshops will provide a solid foundation on the fundamentals of planning and conducting a prescribed fire. These workshops are great for those with little to no experience and serves as a refresher to more experienced fire practitioners. There will also be Advanced Workshops where they take an in depth look into a specific aspect of planning, implementing, or ecology of prescribed fire. These advanced topics will build upon the fundamentals learned in the basic workshops; however, prior attendance of a basic workshop is not required. The $10 cost of the workshop covers meals and materials unless otherwise noted.  

These workshops across the state are brought to you in partnership by Pheasants Forever, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Nebraska Prescribed Fire Council, and the Nebraska Environmental Trust. 

2019 Schedule:

pdf 2019 Nebraska Prescribed Fire Workshops

To Register:

Prescribed Fire Basic Workshop

Prescribed Fire Advanced Topic Workshop

The bidding process is now open till January 15, 2019 for producers to submit a bid for Spring grazing at NCORPE.  Click on the link below for a bid sheet and instructions.

  pdf NCORPE Adv Spec Bid Sheet 2019 Spring

Also, Summer 2019 Rx Grazing bids being accepted until February 15, 2019.  Click on the link for the bid sheet.   pdf NCORPE Bid Sheet 2019 Summer Grazing

NCORPE Grazing

More information can be found on the Republican River Basin-Wide Plan website.  It contains agendas, handouts presentations and other documents share and the Republican River Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings.

Lower Republican Natural Resources District (LRNRD) and Nebraska Bostwick Irrigation District (NBID) have signed an Agreement through which the LRNRD will contribute $1 million to Bostwick’s upcoming automated gate project. This project will significantly improve the efficiency of the Franklin Canal in South Central Nebraska helping to preserve precious water in the Republican Basin.

Click on the link to read the full story.

Bostwick Rubicon Gate reduced    pdf NCORPE Factsheet

Platte link to NCORPE under construction; Republican pumping for compact compliance less in 2017, Kearney Hub

NCORPE officials seeking wind-solar project proposals, Kearney Hub 

Check out this awesome, informative video about the augmentation project south of North Platte

N-CORPE Augmentation Project

Project pdf Fact Sheet

pdf DRAFT of pdf Platte-Republican Diversion Project Feasibility Review

CNPPID Approves Diversion Project with NRDs

NET Story "Proposal Would Divert Platte River Water to the Republican River"  View the story here.


  pdf Occupation Tax Letter               pdf Occupation Tax Exempt Form 2018

*Please note that beginning in 2018, both the Owner and Operator may be required to sign the form.

pdf Chemigation Rules and Regulations Effective 3-19-2015

Chemigation Form located at the top right of this page under DOWNLOAD FORMS

pdf Chemigation Form Instructions

Click on the link below to go to the DNR website to look up wells.  At the bottom of the page you can access On-line Options and Information which has forms you may need to change ownership, making a well inactive, modification, etc.

Groundwater Well Registration

Option 1

calculatorapp Water Meter Calculator App

This University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension App will help irrigators calculate the amount of water pumped by their irrigation pumping plant.

The Water Meter Calculator App allows the user to store data, such as field size in acres, flow meter units and allocation and annual irrigation caps for each field.

The app is available for download at the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store for $1.99.  

Option 2

Click on the link with the compatible excel for your computer and enable editing on the bar at the top.  Choose meter type, type in Field Name and click on Make Field.  At the bottom of the screen is a tab with the Field Name you just entered.  Click on that and it will take you into the calculator sheet. 

  spreadsheet Calculator for Excel 2003                     default Calculator for Excel 2010

Option 3

UNL link to simple web version:

Option 4

  pdf Printable Formula

  pdf Employment Application

Lower Republican NRD | 30 North John Street | P.O. Box 618 | Alma, NE 68920 | Phone: 308.928.2182 / 800.353.1297 | E-mail: lrnrd @