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Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, Democrat (left) and Kansas Senator Roger Marshall, Republican (right).

Bennet, Marshall to Hold Senate Agriculture Subcommittee Hearing on the High Plains

By Administrator

June 7, 2024

On Wednesday, June 26 at 9:00 a.m. MT, U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Chair of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Climate, Forestry, and Natural Resources, and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Ranking Member, will hold their first subcommittee field hearing in Burlington, Colorado.

“When I travel across Colorado, I hear how rising input costs and the devastating effects of persistent drought threaten the future of American agriculture. I’m grateful to Senator Marshall for joining me on Colorado’s Eastern Plains to hear directly from family farmers and ranchers about the challenges they face and how Washington can make things a little easier for them,” said Bennet.

“Pat Roberts always advised me to go sit on the tongue of the wagon and listen to the concerns of farmers. I am glad that Senator Bennet and I are organizing a field hearing on the High Plains to hear from Kansas and Colorado farmers,” said Marshall. “The impacts of drought and access to water are important topics for our region. This hearing will highlight the severity of the drought conditions across the Western United States, address the issues with federal programs designed to mitigate the impacts of drought, and most importantly, discuss the innovative technologies and strategies farmers are implementing to conserve water.”

Colorado and Kansas agriculture is on the frontlines of a hotter, drier future, facing persistent drought. Farmers and ranchers are part of the solution to Western drought as they help conserve water while producing food to feed the world. This hearing will highlight the successes and limitations of existing federal drought tools and help inform new mechanisms to deal with persistent drought in the arid plains.


  • U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)
  • U.S. Senator Roger Marshall (R-Kan.)
  • Agriculture producers and water leaders from Colorado and Kansas


Subcommittee on Conservation, Climate, Forestry, and Natural Resources Hearing: “Hearing on the High Plains: Combating Drought with Innovation”


Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. MT


Midway Theater and Cultural Event Center
446 14th St.
Burlington, CO 80807


Credentialed members of the media interested in attending must RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday, June 25.

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