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Upper Elkhorn NRD

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Office Information

Name Address Phone Numbers
Jim Mathine
District Conservationist
107-A East Highway 20
O'Neill, NE 68763-2111
Phone: (402) 336-3796 ext. 3
Fax: (402) 336-1735


District Conservationist Biographical Sketch

I grew up on a farm in Knox County. I began with the Soil Conservation Service in 1984 as a student trainee. In 1985 I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy and Agricultural Economics.  I worked as a Soil Conservationist in Stanton and later as a District Conservationist in St. James, Minnesota. In 1990, I became the District Conservationist for the Lower Niobrara NRD in Butte, Nebraska.  In 2010 I was also assigned as District Conservationist for the Upper Elkhorn NRD.

Resource Needs and Concerns

  • Water Quality
  • Range Health
  • Livestock operations/manure management
  • Increased awareness of BMP's for landusers involved in production agriculture
  • Increase cost-share funds so more conservation can be applied
  • Increase funding to the NRD so more special projects can be addressed
  • Promote wildlife habitat for sustained use of the land and an increase in recreational opportunities

Priorities Address by NRCS

  • Groundwater Quality
    Water sampling, chemigation permits, nitrogen Best Management Practices, demonstration projects on center pivots using various fertilizer rates, irrigation water management, static water levels and groundwater monitoring wells, and static water levels on wells throughout the district.
  • Rangeland
    Increase awareness of BMP's relating to range practices and promote planting of marginal cropland back to grass.
  • Seek alternative funding (grants) for general NRD operation and programs.

Primary programs and services

  • EQIP
  • Wildlife habitat improvement program
  • Wetland initiative program
  • Wildlife habitat incentive program
  • Partners for wildlife
  • WRP
  • CRP
  • 319
  • Environmental trust
  • NRD
  • Great Plains (existing contracts)