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  • Without the fires, grass growth in the Flint Hills would be stunted—so much that the average steer would gain about 32 fewer pounds during the three to five months it's grazing on the prairie, said Clenton Owensby, a Kansas State University professor of range management.

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  • Burning the Flint Hills annually to maximize grass and cattle growth is "a business decision," he said.

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  • Flint Hills ranchers have set the fires for generations.

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  • American cattle producers from Texas to Tennessee ship their herds each summer to the Flint Hills region of Kansas, where the animals bulk up on grass before they're dispatched to feedlots and then slaughtered.

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  • Associated Press Range fires in Kansas' Flint Hills region, intentionally set to foster feed-grass growth, are cited as a risk to air quality in some Midwestern cities.

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  • "This is one more issue in which Kansans shake their heads" at an EPA that is constantly putting in standards that make it hard for people to be in business, said Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican who sponsored a bill that would require the EPA to exclude Flint Hills range-fire pollution spikes when it calculates whether an area is breaking federal clean-air standards and needs to take corrective action.

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  • Now, a daily spike in smoke from the Flint Hills can push the cities' air beyond the agency's legal limit.

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  • The Flint Hills fight marks a new front in America's war on smog.

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