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Flooding's negative effect on Kansas agriculture.

Severe flooding in south central and southeast Kansas has caused millions of dollars in crop losses for farmers, and prompted President George W. Bush to declare the region a disaster area.

  • The President's action makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance under the Public Assistance program in Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Butler, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Cowley, Elk, Franklin, Linn, Miami, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage, Wilson, and Woodson counties…
  • Assistance for state and local governments affected by flooding can include, as required: Payment of not less than 75% of eligible costs for emergency measures taken to save lives and protect property and public health, limited to Direct Federal Assistance. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)…
  • Application procedures for local governments will be explained at a series of federal/state applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved public repair projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies…
  • Among the hardest hit locales is Montgomery County, where the Coffeyville Resources oil refinery has been shut down to an oil leak. More than 42,000 gallons of crude oil has mixed with the floodwaters, wreaking havoc on the flooded area…
  • According to radio news reports, the refinery's short-term shutdown will greatly impact gasoline and diesel fuel prices in Kansas and Oklahoma, as nearly 2 million gallons of gasoline are produced at the refinery each day. The refinery also helps to fuel a local nitrogen fertilizer processing plant, which could mean higher fertilizer prices for farmers…
  • Crops in this region of Kansas had looked nothing short of spectacular until the flooding commenced in late June. Now, thousands of acres of corn and soybeans are under water and will not produce a crop. Wheat harvest in the region had barely gotten started before the rains hit; that crop also is ruined…
  • Congressman Jerry Moran, following a tour of the flood-ravaged region, says this is the worst flooding he has ever seen. Sixty-two of the 69 counties in Moran's First District, incidentally, have been declared federal disaster areas in the last eight months by President Bush…
  • Next week, the House Agriculture Committee will begin drafting the 2007 Farm Bill; an event that follows work by six subcommittees on 10 individual Farm Bill titles. The work should be completed by July 19, with a full House vote later this month, according to Committee member Jerry Moran…
  • Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius has named four Kansans to the State Board of Agriculture, which advises the Governor and Secretary of Agriculture on issues affecting farmers, ranchers and other ag stakeholders. The board also proposes rules and regulations and reviews and recommends legislative initiatives for the KDA…
  • Members serving a 4-year term include: Patrick Maloney, Kingman; Gary Beachner, Parsons; Louis Ehmke, Healy and Daniel Gutterman, Bucyrus…
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