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LINCOLN (AP)—Nebraska’s top agricultural groups don’t want money from crop checkoff fees to be used to help solve the state’s water problems, such as those in the Republican River basin.
The groups want non-farmers to share the cost. An official with the state Corn Growers’ Association told a legislative committee on Friday that members of that group want the money to come from sales and income taxes.
The groups support a bill (LB689) that would block a plan to use part of an existing per-bushel checkoff fee raise up to $7 million annually money for a state water fund.