Rep. Larry Powell, Kansas, Says Small Amounts of Co2 Matter.
Nov 29th, 2007
TOPEKA — A state legislator Wednesday criticized rejection of two coal-fired power plants in western Kansas, saying carbon dioxide emissions were good for crops.
"One of the really good things about CO2 is that plants perform better under stress (drought, etc.) with increased levels of CO2," Rep. Larry Powell, R-Garden City, said in a letter disseminated to the media.
Powell said a recent study shows that over the next 50 years, "atmospheric CO2 enrichment will boost world agricultural output by about 50 percent."
July 12, 2012
USDA declares 82 Kansas counties as federal disaster areas
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman and Kansas Water Office Director Tracy Streeter welcomed an announcement that 82 Kansas counties will be declared as federal disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, making agricultural producers eligible for disaster assistance programs. The disaster declarations are the result of improvements the USDA recently made to current federal disaster assistance programs to update the disaster designation process and deliver more efficient and flexible disaster assistance to farmers and ranchers coping with the ongoing drought...
... "Farmers and ranchers are at the mercy of Mother Nature and many of our Kansas producers are struggling right now from the ongoing extreme heat and lack of moisture," Brownback said. "We welcome these common-sense updates from USDA and will continue working to make sure farmers and ranchers have access to the resources they need to cope with crop losses and impacts on livestock."
Despite the doubling of Co2 concentrations in the atmosphere, the corn is not doing well.