In response to the historic ongoing drought, Governor Nixon and Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Jon Hagler, traveled last week to different locations throughout the state to report progress on the emergency cost-share program implemented July 23rd by the Governor.
Among their stops were the Joplin Regional Stockyards, United Producers, Inc, in Maryville, Missouri and the Kingsville Livestock Market in Kingsville, Missouri. Governor Nixon spoke with various farmers and producers at each market, discussing the assistance they're to receive from the program by deepening existing wells, extending piping systems and tanks or digging new wells.
Teams from the Missouri Department of Agriculuture as well as the Department of Natural Resources were distributed to all corners of the state last Wednesday to accept applications and examine conditions on different locations in order to effectively distribute aid and provide immediate relief. The teams worked throughout the weekend and will remain in the field up until the application deadline of August 6th. As of July 31st the relief program approved 818 applications totaling more than $3.8 million dollars. Applications for relief can be accessed online either through a link on the Missouri Department of Agriculture website at http://www.mda.mo.gov or directly on the Department of Natural Resources website at http://www.dnr.mo.gov/drought-relief.htm. Applicants may also contact their local soil and water conservation district office.
Although improved drought conditions seem unlikely at present, Missouri's farmers and producers can be sure that the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources and soil and water conservation officers are working around the clock to distribute funds in order to ensure Missouri agriculture remains intact. Governor Nixon's position on the drought conditions in Missouri hold steadfast with his actions and his message, "Let me be clear: The State of Missouri will stand with our farmer's and livestock producers at every stage of this drought emergency."