July 23, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback is resuming his tour of Kansas counties to see the impact of the intense drought on agriculture and communities.
The Republican governor is scheduled to travel Tuesday to two stops in Trego County and one each in Graham and Sheridan Counties. Last week Brownback toured areas in central and southeastern Kansas. State water officials will accompany Brownback on the tour.
The governor's office has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare 37 more counties disasters, making farmers there eligible for USDA disaster assistance programs.
If the request is approved, that would mean 103 of the state's 105 counties are primary federal disaster areas. The two that are not, Marshall and Washington, border primary counties and would receive disaster declarations as contiguous counties.