Government
6:06 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Senator Johanns Talks Drought

Senator Mike Johanns
Senator Mike Johanns

U-S Senator Mike Johanns is following drought conditions in the state closely.

In his weekly conference call with reporters, Johanns says as Nebraska continues to see some of the driest conditions in generations, he’s been carefully following the drought monitor. 

Johanns says he has also been watching the weather predictions coming from the drought mitigation center at UNL. 

In the coming weeks, Johanns will sit down with farmers and ranchers from around the state and listen as they share their experiences in managing this challenging situation.

"This situation highlights the need for an updated ag policy.  I’m looking forward to getting the ball rolling on a new five-year farm bill to provide certainty and risk management for producers who deal with drought and the other effects of Mother Nature.”

Releases from Gavins Point are currently scheduled at 14,000 cfs throughout the month. 

According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, releases are being scheduled at the lowest possible level this winter as a water conservation measure.