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Published August 24, 2011, 12:06 PM

Kansas senator takes drought tour as hearing looms

KINGMAN, Kan. — Sen. Pat Roberts plans a tour of drought-damaged fields in Reno County on the eve of a U.S. agriculture committee hearing in Kansas over the 2012 farm bill.

KINGMAN, Kan. — Sen. Pat Roberts plans a tour of drought-damaged fields in Reno County on the eve of a U.S. agriculture committee hearing in Kansas over the 2012 farm bill.

Roberts is the ranking member on the agriculture committee. Joining him on the tour Wednesday will be representatives from the Kansas Water Office, the state Department of Agriculture and the state climatologist.

The tour will include drought-stricken fields of alfalfa and dryland beans. The senator also will be taken to an irrigated corn field that is being cut for silage and a dryland corn field left to decompose. Also on the tour is Conservation Reserve Program land that has been hayed and grazed.

The agriculture committee is holding a field hearing Thursday morning in Wichita.

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