In response to this year's severe flooding in Missouri, Dow AgroSciences, through The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, is donating $25,000 to the Missouri Department of Agriculture Disaster Relief Fund. The funds will go directly to helping Missouri's agricultural community as it recovers from recent severe weather, including the devastating floods.
With this donation, Dow AgroSciences can help support its retail and farmer customers affected by the flooding in Missouri and the rest of the agricultural community. "The floods have caused so much devastation and grief across the state of Missouri. Volunteers have been working around the clock in order to help get people back on their feet," said Kevin Tomka, Dow AgroSciences district sales manager.
"Our state has seen great devastation this year, as thousands of families have been impacted by severe weather and flooding," said Director of Agriculture Jon Hagler. "We deeply appreciate Dow AgroSciences for this contribution, which will go toward keeping our state's agriculture industry resilient. It remains a priority of the Missouri Department of Agriculture and our partners to do everything we can to assist those devastated by natural disasters, now and into the future, helping Missouri farm families get back on their feet and begin rebuilding their homes, businesses and lives."
In northwest Missouri, some 78,000 acres of farmland have been flooded in Atchison County and 165,000 acres in Holt County since June. The blowing of the levee at Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway in the Bootheel last spring also devastated crops and inundated 133,000 acres of Delta farmland along the Mississippi River. The initial agricultural economic loss in the Bootheel is estimated at $156.7 million; the economic loss for northwest Missouri is still being tallied.
The Missouri Agriculture Disaster Relief Fund, administered by MDA's Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority, will offer assistance for the following:
* Immediate need -- This grant of $500 is available to Missouri farm families recovering from a natural disaster and is designed to help those most devastated by the disaster meet their most urgent needs. The grant may be used for household or agricultural purposes and is available on a first come, first serve basis as long as funding for this purpose is available. The farm family must have been directly impacted by a natural disaster and have suffered physical and/or economic loss.
* Grants to organizations -- Up to $5,000 is available for non-profit organizations, counties, municipalities and other political subdivisions for infrastructure repair, clean up or other projects that assist in recovery for the farm community.
* Major Disaster Grant -- Funding in amounts greater than $5,000 is available on a special needs basis. Any individual or organization may apply for these grants but organizations who can serve a large number of producers will be given priority.
How to give
To donate to the fund, visit http://MDA.mo.gov or http://AgriMissouri.com. Donations qualify as a charitable contribution under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. Applications for disaster relief funding can be accessed on these websites, or contact the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority at (573) 751-2129; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.