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TOPEKA - Gov. Sam Brownback will sign on Wednesday morning legislation authorizing a state sales tax exemption for those buying supplies and services to replace wildfire-destroyed agricultural fencing.

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  • By Mary Clarkin Our Capitol Bureau mclarkin@hutchnews.com
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TOPEKA – A bill offering a state sales tax exemption on supplies and services to rebuild fences damaged by 2016 and 2017 wildfires cleared the Legislature on Friday morning.

MANHATTAN – Richard “Dick” Janssen of Ellsworth was named the 2017 Kansas Stockman of the Year during the 47th annual Stockmen’s Dinner in Manhattan.

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Aerial surveys will begin March 16 and run through mid-May in five states containing lesser prairie-chicken habitat. The surveys are conducted annually by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) to document population trends and how the bird is responding to management …

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Emergency crews in Kansas struggled Tuesday to contain wildfires that have scorched hundreds of square miles of land in four states, killing six people and forcing thousands of others to flee their homes ahead of the wind-whipped flames.

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At around 12:56 p.m. on Monday, fire units from Ford County, Dodge City, Bucklin, Ford and Spearville battled a grass fire that led to evacuations in south Dodge City.

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  • By Candace Krebs Contributing Writer
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Even as the process of writing a new farm bill begins, with the Senate Ag Committee holding its first public field hearing recently in Manhattan, some innovative farmers are dropping out of the farm program entirely over requirements they say are too restrictive.