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Protect the prairie

By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
Like the grass, wind, tumbleweeds, tornadoes and drought, prairie dogs have long been a part of the northwestern Kansas landscape. At the same time, farmers and stockmen have lived and thrived in this short-grass environment for more than a century.
In the early 1900s, the first landowners and settlers broke out some of the native, short-grass prairie to grow crops. Many introduced livestock into this region to eat the nutrient-rich grass and provide the world’s finest beef.
During this same period farmer and stockmen who lived in Logan County controlled the prairie dogs ...

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