More than 100 people attended the annual Project GROW Winter Workshop hosted by the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District on December 3 at the Holthus Convention Center. Most of the attendees were farmers or others involved in the agriculture industry. Speakers were a diverse group of researchers and practitioners, presenting on subjects from...Read More

All local cattle producers are invited to attend a free informational event on Thursday, January 23, from 4-6 p.m. The event will offer a demonstration of the Rawhide Portable Corral equipment recently purchased by the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture for use by producers in the Upper Big Blue and the Little Blue Natural...Read More

DeBuhr to retire after long career with Nebraska’s NRDs

Rod DeBuhr has spent his entire career dedicated to conservation efforts in Nebraska working for natural resource districts. Now as he eyes retirement on the horizon, he is looking back on four and half decades of work with satisfaction. There were plenty of...Read More

Second annual soil health event offers free info to growers

There’s a lot going on in the ground beneath our feet. The interactions between soil, plants, fungi, and creatures such as earthworms and microorganisms are as dynamic and complex as systems of trade within a nation’s economy, says Keith Berns, no-till farmer and...Read More
The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District will close the RV pads and tent camping sites at Recharge Lake (York) and Pioneer Trail (Aurora) Recreation Areas for the winter season on Monday, October 28. However, the day use area, outdoor amphitheater, picnic shelters, hiking and biking trails, playground equipment, boat dock, and boat ramp...Read More

Cover Crops Make All the Difference

On a windy autumn day, Dan Leininger, a water conservationist with the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District, stands in a field of ripe soybeans on the northeast side of York. The crop at the Project GROW demonstration plot is thigh-high, the rows of fuzzy bean pods a muted golden brown...Read More

NRD Employee Earns National Recognition

“Do you see those little, bumpy thunderheads?” Tom Johnson asks, pointing to a distant cloudbank to the southeast just before sunrise. “I noticed some lightning there earlier. I’ve been keeping an eye on it.” This is typical for Johnson, who is always quick to note a shift in the wind...Read More

Local lake depth measured

It’s a warm fall day at Recharge Lake in York. High winds make the trees and tall grasses dance on the banks as the crickets and cicadas sing their last songs of the season. A young man in camo chest waders and a ball cap stands on the water’s edge, a large remote control in his hands. His gaze is...Read More

UNL report examines economics of N fertilizer usage 

In these challenging times for the agriculture economy, it’s important to carefully evaluate the return on investment of nitrogen fertilizer at the individual producer level. According to a recently published article from Cornhusker Economics, excessive use of nitrogen does...Read More

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will host an Infrastructure Seminar in Hastings on October 3, 2019. David Eigenberg, general manager of the Upper Big Blue NRD, and colleagues from the Central Platte NRD and Little Blue NRD, will participate in a panel discussion at the event on the topic of Water and Energy Management and Infrastructure. A...Read More