October 13, 2006
Missouri's plea for drought help has been heard. Gov. Matt Blunt announced Oct. 12 that USDA has approved his request to declare Missouri counties as natural disaster areas in response to the prolonged drought that has resulted in agricultural losses.
"Missouri's prolonged drought has brought with it devastating losses for our state's farm families," Blunt said. "I want to thank the USDA for answering my call to provide needed assistance for Missouri's farmers."
The disaster declaration by the USDA will make farmers eligible for assistance in the forms of low-interest emergency loans and cost sharing on water related activities. A primary county is one that has experienced a 30% crop loss. A contiguous county is one located next to a primary county.
Eighty-five counties have been designated as "primary" disaster counties:
Andrew, Audrain, Barry, Barton, Bates, Benton, Boone, Buchanan, Caldwell, Callaway, Camden, Carroll, Cass, Cedar, Christian, Clark, Clay, Cole, Cooper, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Daviess, Dent, Douglas, Franklin, Gasconade, Gentry, Greene, Harrison, Henry, Hickory, Howard, Iron, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Laclede, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Mercer, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Newton, Osage, Ozark, Pettis, Phelps, Pike, Platte, Polk, Pulaski, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, Ray, Reynolds, Schuyler, Scotland, Shannon, St. Charles, St. Clair, St. Francois, St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve, Stone, Sullivan, Texas, Vernon, Warren, Washington, Webster, Worth, Wright.
Twenty counties have been designated as "contiguous" disaster counties:
Adair, Bollinger, Carter, Chariton, Clinton, De Kalb, Grundy, Holt, Howell, Livingston, Macon, Marion, Nodaway, Oregon, Perry, Saline, Shelby, St. Louis City, Taney, Wayne.
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