Gov. Sam Brownback will tour the most drought-stricken counties in Kansas on Wednesday, taking the state agriculture secretary and water office director with him.
State officials are scheduled to meet with residents and community leaders in Morton, Stevens and Seward counties in southwest Kansas.
The governor recently updated the state's drought emergency declaration, which now designates nearly three-quarters of the state as dry to exceptionally dry.
Brownback, Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman and Water Office executive director Tracy Streeter are scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. in the Morton County Civic Center in Elkhart; at noon in Memorial Hall in Hugoton; and at 2 p.m. in the Seward County Events Center in Liberal.
These counties are listed by severity of drought:
Drought emergency: Morton, Stanton, Stevens
Drought warning: Barber, Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Finney, Ford, Gove, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Harper, Harvey, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Kingman, Kiowa, Lane, Logan, McPherson, Meade, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Scott, Sedgwick, Seward, Stafford, Sumner, Trego, Wallace, Wichita
Drought watch: Butler, Chase, Cheyenne, Cowley, Decatur, Dickinson, Ellis, Ellsworth, Graham, Greenwood, Lincoln, Marion, Norton, Ottawa, Phillips, Rawlins, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Saline, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas
For more detailed information about current conditions, see the Kansas Climate Summary and Drought Report on the Kansas Water Office website, www.kwo.org.