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The Board of Educational Lands and Funds was established by the Nebraska Constitution to serve as trustee of the lands contributed to the state in 1867 by the federal government. As trustee of these lands, the Board is bound by fiduciary duty to its beneficiaries – the K-12 public school children of Nebraska. In exercising this fiduciary duty, the Board must use the judgment and care that persons of skill, prudence, and intelligence would exercise in the management of their own affairs.
The Board and its staff are firmly committed to the mission of maximizing the income from our properties, while still exercising careful stewardship of the land, and treating our Lessees fairly. In pursuit of these goals, every effort is made to conduct the Board’s business consistent with a profit motive patterned after the most efficient enterprises in the private sector.
The Board serves in the dual capacity of land owner and land manager, collecting rent on approximately 3,000 agricultural leases and hundreds of mineral and renewable energy leases. In its capacity as landowner, the Board makes expenditures for conservation, improvement and management of the land in its care. The Board also sells and trades land to the extent that such transactions are consistent with the Board’s fiduciary duty.
The Board pays full county real estate taxes on its land in support of K-12 schools and other local entities. Millions in real estate taxes are paid by the Board during a typical year.
The Board does not receive funding from the State. Thus, no tax money is received by the Board and all funding for the Board’s operations comes from its leasing operations. None of the net income obtained from the Board’s operations is paid to the State; rather each year all of the net income earned by the Board is paid out for the benefit of K-12 public education in the State.
The net income from the Trust is deposited in the Temporary School Fund and then is annually distributed from that fund to the K-12 public schools statewide on a per pupil basis. Proceeds from land sales and mineral royalties are deposited in the Permanent School Fund. The Permanent Fund is managed by the Nebraska Investment Council. The net income from the Permanent Fund is also deposited in the Temporary Fund and distributed to the public schools each year. Since 2005, the total combined amount distributed to the K-12 public schools was $531.5 million.
During 2017, approximately $47.255 million was distributed for K-12 public education. This amount does not include county real estate taxes paid by the Board; a majority of which funds local public schools.
Board of Educational Lands and Funds

2018 Recreational Leases

map 9 Parcels info Click for info

Board of Educational Lands and Funds

Hunting/Rec Lease Auction

info 1 Lease in Butler County - Click for more info

2019 Board Meeting Dates

All board meetings begin at 8:15 a.m.

  • January 18
  • February 15
  • March 15
  • April 12
  • May 10
  • June 14
  • July 12
  • August 9
  • September 13
  • October 11
  • November 8
  • December 13
Current Auctions

Upcoming AG Lease Auctions - Click for list

  • Antelope
  • Banner
  • Blaine
  • Boyd
  • Brown
  • Burt
  • Box Butte
  • Chase
  • Cherry
  • Custer
  • Dawes
  • Deuel
  • Dundy
  • Frontier
  • Furnas
  • Garden
  • Hall
  • Harlan
  • Hitchcock
  • Holt
  • Keith
  • Keya Paha
  • Kimball
  • Lincoln
  • Loup
  • Otoe
  • Perkins
  • Rock
  • Sheridan
  • Sioux
  • Stanton
  • Wheeler
Sale Date Sale Ad (pdf) Plat (pdf) Location Map
Jan. 10 Dawes 60


Land Trade Auctions

Sale Date Sale Ad (pdf) Plat (pdf) Location Map
Nov. 29 Holt Ad Holt 2
Holt 139
Jan. 10 Dawes Ad Dawes 61
Dawes 63