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Sen. Roberts honored by the corn folks.

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-KS, received the President's Award, from the National Corn Growers Association for his commitment to, and support of, U.S. corn farmers. Roberts is senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and past chair of the House Agriculture Committee….

Roberts met with members of the Kansas and National Corn Growers Association last week. NCGA president Ken McCauley, White Cloud, presented the award…

Representatives from the National Corn Growers Association met with U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-KS, last

week. Among the Kansans present were Bob Timmons, second from left; Roberts, Ken McCauley, NCGA president, White Cloud and Jere White, Garnett.

Not even Roberts, with all his political clout, could help the Kansas wheat harvest, which is officially over. The most recent report from Kansas Agricultural Statistics, conducted July 1, estimates that this year's crop will total about 301 million bushels – well below the May estimate of 360 million bushels…

However, according to the Wichita Eagle, the 301 million bushel figure doesn't reflect all the acreage abandoned by June and July floods. The Eagle article says 100,000 acres were not harvested, which could equal about 3.2 million lost bushels of wheat – totaling more than $16 million in lost revenue (at $5.50 per bushel)…

Adding insult to injury: Kansas will likely not be the number one wheat-producing state in the country. That honor will probably go to North Dakota, which was number one last year, too…

Vandals have shot and killed in Pratt County on July 13, causing more than $15,000 in losses to the unfortunate rancher, according to the Hutchinson News…

Pratt County Sheriff Vernon Chinn says the incident was not done by just one person. The crime "is a senseless act – done just for the pure sport of watching them die."…

There's not much sport in shooting defenseless animals, many of which were wounded by the vandals and had to be put down by a veterinarian. The Pratt County Sheriff's office would not say how many animals were killed. They are offering a $15,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of responsible parties…

Call Pratt Couny Crime Stoppers at 620 672-3050 or the Pratt County Sheriff's Office at 620 672-4133 if you have information…

My friend Charlie Lee tells me that police officers in Hoisington have captured two alligators in the last few weeks. It is thought that these critters were pets that owners eventually abandoned…

Lee, who is Research and Extension wildlife specialist at K-State, says the animals were stunted in growth, but still four- to five-feet long. They've been taken to the zoo in Great Bend; otherwise, they would not have survived the winter, Lee says…

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