JEFFERSON CITY — On July 18, Governor Parson signed an executive order placing 47 counties on drought alert. The Governor also called upon the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to activate the Drought Assessment Committee and the associated drought impact teams.
“Missouri farmers are resilient, but with no control over Mother Nature, this year’s drought has been difficult to battle,” said Governor Parson. “By responding early to this drought, we can greatly reduce the impact upon our agricultural community as well as on all Missouri citizens. Our farmers are the backbone of our state, and it is imperative that we assist to get through this difficult time.”
The Department is directly involved in the Drought Assessment Committee and drought impact teams. The Department also encourages producers to report livestock stress, crop damage, and low water in streams and ponds to the National Drought Monitor.
The current drought resources available for farmers and ranchers in Missouri include:
Livestock Forage Disaster Program
Livestock Indemnity Program
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program
Emergency Conservation Program
Emergency Haying and Grazing
Contact your local Farm Service Agency for more information.
— Missouri Department of Agriculture
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