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KEARNEY, Neb. -- Delegates of the Nebraska Farm Bureau have
approved resolutions supporting meters on irrigation wells and a
temporary moratorium on new wells in times of water shortage where
groundwater and surface water use could be connected.
Several natural resources districts in the state have imposed
moratoriums on new wells because of a severe drought in Nebraska.
Some districts also have put meters on wells to monitor groundwater
State officials are looking at the relationship between
groundwater and surface water in hopes of coordinating policies and
procedures in governing both.
About 150 voting Farm Bureau delegates endorsed that approach,
saying the state needs a clearer definition of what makes groundwater
and surface water ``hydrologically connected,'' said Rob Robertson,
Farm Bureau vice president for governmental relations.
``This policy puts Farm Bureau in a position to help find common
ground in dealing with conflicts in areas where the two are
interrelated,'' Robertson said.
About 450 members of the Farm Bureau, many of them farmers and
ranchers, met at the organization's state convention.
Delegates also said if tax reforms or increases are needed to
balance the state budget they need to be broad-based as opposed to
targeting certain sectors, such as agriculture.
If budget cuts are needed, Robertson said, state aid to education
should be protected to the last because any reduction there could
lead to local property tax increases.
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