Farm Bureau says irrigation is important to Neb.

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Posted: Dec 11, 2009 11:41 AM

The Nebraska Farm Bureau says the entire state benefits from the irrigation farmers use to raise bountiful crops, so everyone in the state should pay part of the cost of water-management programs.

Farmers and ranchers attending the Farm Bureau's convention in Kearney voted to encourage the state to seek funding from a variety of sources as it deals with its water problems.

Nebraska has used more water than allowed in recent years under the three-state Republican River compact, which includes Kansas and Colorado.

Nebraska has more irrigated acres than any other state, and people outside the state's metro areas complain that urban residents don't understand irrigation's importance to the state's economy.