Despite a few showers in parts of the state, each of the 105 counties in Kansas remain locked in a destructive drought. While this may be the worst drought since 1956, we are not experiencing a dust bowl. Credit must be given to farmers and ranchers who have adopted new land and livestock management techniques focused on conservation and preventing wind and water erosion.
Unfortunately, the conservation programs included in the 2008 Farm Bill will expire next month, bringing more uncertainty to producers. In addition, several livestock disaster programs have already expired leaving ranchers vulnerable. Consistent farm policy is vital for drought recovery, continued conservation work, and maintaining an affordable food supply for Americans. Agriculture producers shouldn't have to keep guessing -- it is too important to their families, their industry, and consumers around the globe.