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The fall harvest of crops in Kansas is mostly in the bin now. Winter wheat planting is done.

Kansas farmers and ranchers are taking advantage of the seasonal lull this week to gather together to socialize, hash out farm policy aims and gather information at three major agricultural conventions.

On Monday, more 1,000 farmers are heading to Manhattan to layout the roadmap for public policy issues that the Kansas Farm Bureau members consider important to agriculture.

On Wednesday, the Kansas Livestock Association kicks off its three-day convention beginning in Wichita.

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The federal government has declared a disaster in 82 Kansas counties because of the drought conditions.

The heat and a lack of rain have taken a toll on agriculture in the state.

The decision makes assistance available to farmers and ranchers.