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The Southwest Area Land Judging Contest was held on October 7, 2020, in Gosper County. There were 197 students from 17 area schools participating. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic required changes to the contest. The Land Judging ran longer than usual because of the need to limit mixing between students from different schools and making sure that anything students touched could be either discarded or sanitized. These changes complicated the contest, but it ensured that it would be safe for staff and participants. 

The top team in the competition was from Alma. Teams from Alma, Holdrege, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller (SEM), Southwest and Bertrand-Loomis (Bermis) will go on to compete in the State competition. Congratulations to all the participants and best of luck to the winning teams as they advance to the state competition.

For a complete look at the results, please go to

Land Judging 2020

The Lower Republican Natural Resources District hereby issues an Order pertaining to the Republican River Basin Wide Plan.  Please click on the files to review the Notice of Order, Order, and Full Basin Wide Plan below.

pdf LRNRD Notice of Order

pdf LRNRD Order



  document Occupation Tax Letter         pdf Occupation Tax Exempt Form 2020

*Please note that beginning in 2018, both the Owner and Operator are required to sign.

Chemigation Rules and Regulations Effective 3-19-2015

Chemigation Form located at the top right of this page under DOWNLOAD FORMS

Chemigation Form Instructions

Click on the link below to go to the DNR website to look up wells.  At the bottom of the page you can access On-line Options and Information which has forms you may need to change ownership, making a well inactive, modification, etc.

Groundwater Well Registration

Option 1

Click on the link with the compatible excel for your computer and enable editing on the bar at the top.  Choose meter type, type in Field Name and click on Make Field.  At the bottom of the screen is a tab with the Field Name you just entered.  Click on that and it will take you into the calculator sheet. 

  spreadsheet Calculator for Excel 2003                     default Calculator for Excel 2010

Option 2

A link to UNL's Irrigation Meter Calculator:

Option 3

If you prefer a paper method, you can use this  pdf Printable Formula .

  pdf Employment Application

Lower Republican NRD | 30 North John Street | P.O. Box 618 | Alma, NE 68920 | Phone: 308.928.2182 / 800.353.1297 | E-mail: lrnrd @