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Walker, aides tour drought-stricken farms

BURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says after meeting with farmers in Burlington and Dodgeville who are suffering from the state's ongoing drought that he's looking at every way possible to locate assistance.

Walker got a 1,000-foot view of drought damage during an aerial tour in a Blackhawk helicopter of some of the most hard-hit areas in southern Wisconsin Friday.

Walker notes that from the air the cropland that is normally green is instead full of light yellow, tan and brown spots where the hot and dry conditions have taken hold.

Dairy farmer Kyle Levetzow of Dodgeville says he doesn't know how he's going to feed his 300 cows or how much it will cost. His alfalfa field that's normally 2-feet high by now is only inches tall.

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