Regional, national experts to speak at URNRD water conference here

    The Upper Republican NRD is hosting its second annual water conference late this month, “H2Overview­—Local to National Water Matters” that will include Nebraska, national and regional water experts and policy makers.
    The information provided at the conference will provide the ag community and others insight into legal, policy and technical aspects of water issues.
    The event is free, open to the public and will include a free catered lunch. The conference is set for March 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Chase County Fairground Exhibit Hall.
    The conference is designed to help attendees understand different water policies and how they affect irrigators, issues pertaining to irrigation efficiency and what other states are doing in regards to water usage and regulation, among other things.
    The Kansas Secretary of Agriculture and the Director of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources will also provide perspectives on recent developments regarding Republican River Compact compliance.
    The speakers include:
    Jasper Fanning, General Manager of the Upper Republican NRD;
    Justin Lavene, Bureau Chief of the Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Bureau of the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office;
    Nick Brozovic, Director of Policy at the Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska;
    Senator Dan Hughes, Nebraska State Senator for the 44th Legislative District;
    Derrel Martin, Professor of Biological Systems Engineering, Extension Specialist in Irrigation and Water Resources Engineering at UNL;
    Andy Keep, USDA’s NRCS District Conservationist for Dundy, Chase and Perkins Counties;
    Jackie McClaskey, Kansas Secretary of Agriculture;
    Jeff Fassett, Director of Nebraska Department of Natural Resources.
    Vendors that sell soil moisture probes will be on hand and attendees will be able to apply for cost-share for probes.
Attendees should RSVP via email to Danielle Franck at or call her at 308-882-5173 by March 20.

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