Hamilton County to Vote on Hail Program

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SYRACUSE, Kan. (AP) _ Voters in Hamilton County will decide Nov.
4 if they want to continue participating in a program aimed at
reducing hail and enhancing rainfall in western Kansas.

Hamilton County borders Colorado.

It has been in the Western Kansas Weather Modification Program
for 23 years.

The cloud-seeding program operates from April to September.

This year, the program was funded by 10 participating counties,
which paid 5.2 cents per acre for cropland and 2.2 cents per acre
for rangeland.

The decision to fund the program is usually made annually by
participating counties' commissioners.

This is the first time David Brenn, director of GMD No. 1,
recalls a general election vote on whether to participate.

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