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Senators Roberts, Moran Announce USDA Disaster Designation for 37 Kansas Counties

DroughtSenator Pat Roberts, a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Senator Jerry Moran, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, have announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 37 counties in Kansas as natural disaster areas due to the severe and ongoing drought.

"Kansas continues to face one of the worst droughts since the Dust Bowl," said Roberts. "The lack of rainfall has had a devastating impact on our crops, and our ranchers are facing severe hardship due to a lack of available feed caused by the drought. I applaud the USDA for continuing to recognize this hardship, and I am pleased that Kansans can tap into vital USDA resources and rebuild their farms, ranches and communities."

"The USDA's Disaster Designation is welcome news at a time when Kansas producers — who contribute to an affordable food supply across the globe — are experiencing the results of a devastating drought," Sen. Moran said. "In spite of the exceedingly dry conditions, this designation will mitigate the drought's effects and enable farmers and ranchers to continue their agricultural operations."

USDA designated Cheyenne, Clark, Comanche, Decatur, Ellis, Finney, Ford, Gove, Graham, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Lane, Logan, Meade, Morton, Nedd, Norton, Pawnee, Phillips, Rawlins, Rooks, Rush, Scott, Seward, Sheridan, Sherman, Stanton, Stevens, Thomas, Trego, Wallace and Wichita Counties as disaster counties.

Farmers and ranchers in the following eight counties in Kansas also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous: Barber, Barton, Edwards, Kiowa, Osborne, Russell, Smith and Stafford.

These counties will now be eligible for important disaster programs, such as the emergency loan program administrated by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). These programs will help the farmers and ranchers of Kansas make it through one of the most difficult growing seasons on record.

Affected farmers should contact their local FSA office for more information: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/ks 

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