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Sen Jerry Moran – The Drought Information Act of 2012

andy lambertSeptember 24, 2012

The following is an excerpt from Senator Jerry Moran’s newsletter, “Kansas Common Sense”:

This past week I introduced legislation with Senator Mark Pryor  (D-Ark.) to reauthorize the National Integrated Drought Information  System (NIDIS), which provides vital drought information to farmers,  ranchers and other industries affected by weather conditions. Since the  NIDIS Act was signed into law long-term plans for drought prevention,  research and education have been developed. The Drought Information Act  of 2012, would extend these programs until 2017.

This year, as half of  the continental United States faced the worst drought in nearly 70  years, timely drought information was a vital resource. All drought  response and disaster declarations are based on the drought monitor,  which is part of the NIDIS. Preserving these programs gives farmers and  ranchers the best chance as they face the biggest challenge in  agriculture – Mother Nature.

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