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      Central Nebraska NRD to Allow Groundwater Transfer

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      ALMA, Neb. (AP) -- The Lower Republican Natural Resources District will let farmers transfer some of their water allotment from one field to another.

      The district board held an emergency meeting Tuesday in Alma because so many farmers had appealed to the district to let them pump more water. The river basin remains in extreme or exceptional drought.

      The district had already limited farmers to 10.5 inches of water per field from one center pivot irrigation system this growing season. The restrictions were placed to help keep the state in compliance with the Republican River compact with Kansas.

      At the meeting the board approved letting farmers transfer 2 inches of that allotment from one field to another.

      Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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