This week, Governor Jay Nixon and Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler have been visiting farms throughout the state to learn more about the impact of the ongoing extremely dry conditions. In Ewing and Tarkio, Mo., they met with corn and soybean producers who, in many cases, are watching their crops wither in the fields. In Bolivar, Mo. Gov. Nixon and Dr. Hagler met with livestock producers raising beef and dairy cattle, who shared their struggles to provide hay for livestock now and through the winter as pastures are unable to meet the animals' nutritional needs.
“My administration will continue to work with Missouri farmers as they endure a drought that is severely affecting our crops and livestock.” --Gov. Nixon
During their time with farmers this week, Gov. Nixon and Dr. Hagler have learned more about the conditions livestock and crop producers are facing, and shared information on available resources, including the Missouri Hay Directory and federal loans.
All 114 of Missouri’s counties have received disaster designations resulting from drought, providing farmers there with access to low interest loans and other assistance to help them recover from losses. A disaster designation allows eligible farmers to be considered for assistance from the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), including FSA emergency loans.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture has also created a section within mda.mo.gov dedicated to providing helpful links and information related to the ongoing extremely dry conditions and drought throughout the state. Check it out at http://mda.mo.gov/drought/.