Governor Jay Nixon Tuesday announced emergency help for Missouri farmers suffering from the drought. The program provides help to drill or deepen water wells to benefit livestock or crops.
“In addition to declaring a state of emergency, I also authorized the state’s Soil and Water Districts Commission to establish an emergency cost share program for water source and distribution practices,” said Governor Nixon, announcing the program Tuesday, in a machine shed on the Dan Pehle farm north of Mexico, Missouri. “I am pleased that the commission approved this program by a unanimous vote and allocated an initial outlay of $2 million.”
The emergency cost-share program will be available to Missouri livestock or crop farmers whose production is being severely impacted by the current drought. Pehle, who hosted the governor for the announcement, expressed appreciation for what Missouri’s Chief Executive was saying.
“I’m very thankful for his input and his administration’s efforts, that they’re being proactive with this and trying to help every way that they can,” said Pehle, in an interview with Brownfield Ag News following the announcement.
Under the emergency program, 90 percent of the eligible project cost will be covered, instead of the normal 75/25 cost-share split. Because of the drought emergency, applications are due by Aug. 6. The local soil and water district will act on each application within 72 hours of its receipt.