Agricultural Economics Department


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Published in Cornhusker Economics, 03/09/2005. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


On January 21, 2005 the Nebraska Supreme Court handed down its decision in Spear T Ranch v Knaub, deciding for the first time how conflicts between surface water irrigators and ground water irrigators will be resolved. The case is one of the most important Nebraska Supreme Court decisions in a generation, and will have significant legal impacts for years. This article, which appeared in the March 2005 Nebraska Farmer magazine, provides a brief overview of the Spear T Ranch decision.