TWIN PLATTE NRD, Nebraska (KNOP) - Growers in Arthur, Keith, the western two-thirds of McPherson, and northern two-thirds of Lincoln County have a new water data program to learn about. Nearly twenty percent of growers in the four county area have signed up to the program being implemented by the Twin Platte Natural Resource District.. TPNRD is wanting 100 percent voluntary participation.
Open houses will be held at the following locations and times to educate growers and to help them get signed up at no cost to the grower.
Arthur County Courthouse: Jan. 13: from 10 am to 1 pm
Hershey Fire Hall: Jan. 14: from 9 am to 11:30 am
Sutherland Village Office: Jan. 14: from 1:30 pm to 4 pm
Brady Community Center: Jan. 15: from 9:30 am to noon
Driftwood Restaurant in Ogallala: Jan. 16: from 9:30 am to noon Mountain Time.
The water data program is a way, according to the TPNRD to show the state producers in the district are engaged in their farming practices. It is an "alternative to restrictions."
TPNRD has teamed up with Grower Information Services Coop to create the program, to provide growers real time information through an online dashboard called "AgHub." The data will be compiled to create aggregate reports of the water use within the district.
A 1.6 million grant was awarded to implement the new water data program from the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission to carry out the program. There is no cost to growers for the data collection program. The TPNRD and Nebraska DNR will not have access to the grower's dashboard, and grower's names will not be included in the aggregate reports.