Posted: Jul 17, 2012 11:50 AM by KOMU Staff
Updated: Jul 17, 2012 1:06 PM
JEFFERSON CITY - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Vilsack has designated all 114 counties of Missouri as primary natural disaster areas, following a request by Governor Jay Nixon.
Farmers throughout Missouri affected by the heat and drought that has gripped the state will now have access to low-interest loans and other assistance from the federal government.
"This designation can help livestock and crop farmers across the state who are suffering great losses because of the heat and lack of rain," said Gov. Nixon, who is surveying damage at farms in Lewis, Atchison and Polk counties today.
A disaster designation allows eligible farmers to be considered for assistance from the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), including FSA emergency loans.
In addition to keeping an eye on crops and livestock, producers should document any losses or additional costs experienced as a result of weather events, including drought.
Missouri also has a hay directory for livestock producers as well as other information and resources online at MO.gov.