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The Topeka Capital-Journal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will soon begin accepting applications from farmers and ranchers affected by wildfires in Kansas and two other states.

The agency has set aside $6 million in conservation funding through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program, a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers restoring scorched land and fencing, according to a news release.

Funding will be made available to those affected in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

“We have seen the devastating effects of these wildfires on agricultural operations and the funding announced today can help communities of farmers and ranchers start the process of recovery,” acting deputy agriculture secretary Michael Young said in a statement. “USDA is here to offer assistance.”

Kansas’ two senators praised the department’s swift response.

“For many Kansans, the impacts are devastating because the fires not only consumed livestock, grazing lands, and fencing — but in some cases, homes, machinery, and equipment, too,” said U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran said the funds are appreciated.

“I have asked USDA to provide maximum flexibility in administering the federal assistance programs in response to the disaster, and will continue to make clear the urgent need for more immediate assistance to those impacted,” he said.

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