Efforts are underway to rebuild after March wildfires burned ranches in 20 Kansas counties. Todd Domer with the Kansas Livestock Association says an important deadline is approaching for those who lost fence, cattle, equipment, facilities and feed resources to the fires.
Yet another natural disaster has hit western Kansas, forcing livestock producers to deal with the aftermath of a major spring snowstorm. The list of storm-related issues covered in this week’s program includes locating stray cattle, decreased animal performance and possible disaster payments for cattle losses.
A host of resources are available to Kansas ranchers hit hard last month by wildfire. Todd Domer with the Kansas Livestock Association has details on assistance from the private sector and government agencies.
State lawmakers acted on several bills of importance to Kansas agriculture before adjourning the 2017 regular session. Todd Domer with the Kansas Livestock Association says final action was taken by the Legislature on bills dealing with truck weights and water.
Ranchers who lost cattle, fencing and feed resources to wildfire last month are going through the steps necessary to become eligible for disaster payments from USDA. The Kansas Livestock Association is asking members of Congress and federal agency officials to make these programs more workable for affected producers.
Ranchers will be monitoring a number of factors as the spring burning season gets underway. Todd Domer with the Kansas Livestock Association says decisions to burn should include consideration for the possible smoke impact on population centers.
Livestock producers in areas affected by wildfire may be eligible for payments through various USDA disaster programs. Todd Domer with the Kansas Livestock Association has details on what the various programs cover.
The Kansas Legislature has reached the half-way point in the 2017 regular session. Several bills important to livestock producers were passed out of their house of origin before the February 23 deadline, which allows for further consideration prior to the end of the session.
The Kansas Livestock Foundation recently announced a line-up of scholarships available for the 2017-18 school year. The list of requirements for each and an application are available on www.kla.org.