The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board of directors will review the second increment plans for the Basin-Wide and the Central Platte NRD individual plans at 2 p.m. Thursday at 215 Kaufman Ave. in Grand Island.

The board will act to approve the drafts to host public hearings in June. The original plans were approved in 2009 with a requirement that the same parties develop a second increment within 10 years after the adoption of the first increment plans.

The Basin-Wide and CPNRD Integrated Management plans were implemented to ensure that Nebraska is following the Nebraska New Depletions Plan included within the Platte River Recovery Implementation Plan. Additional details are available on the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources website at dnr.nebraska.gov/iwm.

Other discussion and action items on the agenda include:

— The board will review and possibly take action on a water exchange memorandum of understanding with Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District.

— The budget committee review the draft Fiscal 2020 budget.

— Luke Zakrzewski, GIS image analyst, will request a Cease and Desist Order for a landowner in Hall County.

— Joe Krolikowski, district liaison for the Natural Resources Conservation Service; Jim Bendfeldt of the Nebraska Association of Resources District; and Mick Reynolds, Middle Platte Basin representative of the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission, will report to the board.

USDA conducts June hogs and pigs survey

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is contacting producers for its June hogs and pigs survey. The agency will survey pork producers for detailed information on market hog and breeding stock inventories as well as pig crop and farrowing intentions in every state.

“With the data gathered in the quarterly hogs and pigs surveys, NASS measures and reports trends in the U.S. pork industry over the course of the year,” said Nicholas Streff, deputy director of the NASS Northern Plains Regional Office.

The information is used by all sectors of the industry to help make sound and timely business decisions.

NASS will mail the questionnaires to all producers selected for the survey in late May. To ensure all survey participants have an opportunity to respond, NASS interviewers will contact producers who do not respond by mail or online to conduct telephone and personal interviews.

NASS will publish the survey results in the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report on June 27. All NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/. For more information, call the NASS Northern Plains Regional Office at (800) 582-6443.

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