Upcoming Events

August 2018

9 Board Meeting-

ULNRD Office 7 PM CT

22 ULNRD Jr High Field Day

24    Nebraska State Fair Begins


September 2018

3  Labor Day- Office Closed

11-13 Husker Harvest Days

13    Board Meeting-

ULNRD Office 7 PM CT


October 2018

8         Columbus Day- ULNRD Office Closed

11        Board Meeting- Gudmundsen Research Center, Whitman, NE @ 2pm CT

13-14   Hunter's Safety Course







New No-Till Drill Prices

There are many positive benefits of using a No-till drill such as increasing soil health, reducing runoff contaminant in surface waters, as well as reduced labor and fuel thus increasing net farm income.  The Upper Loup NRD is happy that it can provide two No-Till Drills—one 10 foot drill and one 20 foot for producers to use.  Due to the increased repairs that the NRD has had to perform, it is now policy that the drills will all be delivered by NRD personnel only starting November 1, 2014

New delivery rates are: $35.00 for deliveries 0-20 miles (one way) from the office, $55.00 for deliveries 21-60 miles (one way) from the office and for deliveries greater than 60 miles (one way) from the office the charge is $70.00.  Drill rental rates for the 10 foot drill for crop seed are $8.00 per acre plus tax. For the 10 foot drill for flower seed is a minimum of $75.00 or 12.5 acres at the $8.00 per ace plus tax. The 20 foot drill rents for $14.00 per acre plus tax.  If you have any questions or would like to rent the drill please contact Taylor at our office at 308-645-2250.



For more information, contact
NDEQ's Public Information Office, (402) 471-4223 or (402) 471-4243

July 23 Meeting to Discuss Proposed Chemigation Fee Revisions

June 25, 2014 -- The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) is seeking early public involvement as it develops proposed changes to Title 195 – Chemigation Regulations.  NDEQ has scheduled a public outreach meeting at 9 a.m. July 23 at NDEQ’s offices at 1200 N St., Lincoln.  The purpose of this meeting/telephone conference call will be to explain the concept of the proposed changes and to invite public input.

NDEQ intends to develop draft revisions to Title 195 in the fall of 2014 and plans to present proposed Title 195 revisions to the Environmental Quality Council at a hearing in February 2015.  The changes are being developed to carry out LB 272, which was passed by the Nebraska Legislature and signed by the Governor in February 2014.

LB 272 allows Nebraska Resources Districts (NRDs) to set the fees for chemigation permits.  The department will propose to amend Title 195 accordingly.  NDEQ also intends to also add a definition in Title 195 that defines “working day” to be consistent with LB 272.

This information and other changes that may be needed to clarify the regulations will be explained in more detail at the July 23 meeting/conference call.  A teleconference line (888-820-1398, attendee code 3453474#) will be available for participants who cannot attend the meeting in person.  For more information, contact NDEQ at, or call (402) 471-2186 in Lincoln, toll-free at 1-877-253-2603.


Successful 5th Annual ACE Camp

      From June 15th through June 18th, campers from across the state of Nebraska attended the fifth annual Adventure Camp about the Environment (ACE) at the State 4-H Camp near Halsey. The camp drew in 32 campers and included some previous campers, too. Many of the campers attended the camp through a scholarship from their local NRD.
      The educational camp focused on forestry, rangeland, water quality, soils and wildlife. Campers had the chance to get their hands dirty and experience nature in many activities, as well as fun time in the river, and building water rockets. The campers also participated in competition activities with outdoor cooking, fishing, a scavenger hunt, geocaching, and other games. This was a great opportunity for the campers to learn more about nature and the natural resources in our area.
      This year was the fifth year for the ACE Camp. In June of 2010, the first Adventure Camp about the Environment was held with a total of 55 campers from across the state. The ACE Camp Committee hopes to continue this camp for many more successful years. KNOP-TV News from North Platte captured a few moments from the camp on Monday and aired the story that evening and night.
      The camp was sponsored and organized by the Nebraska Natural Resources Districts (NRDs), the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) and the Hooker County Turner Youth Initiative. Presenters from the NRD's, NRCS office, UNL extension office, and Nebraska Game and Parks also helped to make the ACE Camp a great learning experience for the kids. With the help from these sponsors, partners and presenters from year to year, ACE Camp beomes a huge success.
      Local ACE Camp Scholarship Recipients from the Upper Loup NRD were J. Russell McMillan of Milburn, Aubrey Schultis and Jared Schultis of Tryon, Hollianna Watson of North Platte, and Taylor Downing of Dunning.
      Adventure Camp about the Environment is an annual camp beginning the third week of June. For more information about the camp you can look under the Education Tab, then click on Camps & Scholarships.


Recycle Update

From MDK Zero Landfill—From January 1 to March 31, 2014, the Upper Loup NRD has recycled 42,980 pounds of materials with MDK. This amount of materials has impacted the environment in multiple ways. The below illustration demonstrated the positive outcomes that originated from our recycling efforts with MDK.


Upper Loup NRD Received Grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust

April 5, 2014 —Upper Loup Natural Resources District announced today that it will receive $30,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “No-Till Drill” project. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 3, 2014 in Lincoln. The project is one of the 132 projects receiving $21,750,000 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of these, 56 were new applications and 76 are carry-over projects.

There are many benefits of using a no-till technique such as the reduction of soil erosion, soil moisture and organic matter retention, protection of groundwater quality, reduction of chemical runoff, and reduction of soil compaction. In 2000, with the help of the Environmental Trust, the Upper Loup purchased a 10 foot Great Plains no-till drill. The drill was kept very busy (drilled over 12,000 acres) and could not keep up with the demand so the NRD purchased another 10 foot drill in 2007. Both drills have been used in all of the eight counties of our district and to date have serviced more than 18,526 acres.

Several producers have been enquiring about a larger drill that could be rented. A larger drill would provide a couple of advantages. One, it would cut down on the amount of time each producer needed to have the drill allowing it to be used by more producers during peak planting times. Two, it would reduce the number of rounds it would take to drill, making the process more conservation friendly (reducing fuel usage and emissions). The 20 foot Haybuster no-till drill is expected to be here the first part of June. The new drill can be easily pulled behind a pickup. It does not have seed boxes for native seeds.