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Published February 25, 2010, 02:47 PM

Neb. checkoff fees likely won’t be used for water

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska farmers probably won’t help solve the state’s water problems with their crop checkoff dollars.

By: Associated Press,

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska farmers probably won’t help solve the state’s water problems with their crop checkoff dollars.

Lawmakers have given first-round approval to a bill (LB689) that would block the current plan to use a portion of the checkoff fees on corn and grain sorghum to raise money for a state water fund.

The fees would raise more than $7 million annually for the water fund to deal with management issues, such as in the Platte and Republican basins, beginning in 2013.

Supporters of the bill say using checkoff dollars would conflict with the purpose of the checkoff program.

They say they will devise another funding source to replace the checkoff, but some lawmakers are worried that a new plan won’t be crafted in time.

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On the Net:

Nebraska Legislature: www.nebraskalegislature.gov.

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