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Rain earlier this week not enough to relieve drought conditions in northern Missouri

Northern Missouri is currently experiencing abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions. The United States Drought Monitor map of Missouri released November 12th shows abnormally dry conditions in all of the Green Hills. Moderate drought was reported for portions of Adair, Macon, Chariton, Knox, Shelby, and Scotland counties. Moderate drought was also shown for all of […]

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USDA announces changes to emergency haying and grazing provisions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency has announced changes for emergency haying and grazing of acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. This includes changes outlined in the 2018 Farm Bill that streamlines the authorization process for farmers and ranchers. “FSA authorizes emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acres under certain […]

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Governor Parson announces emergency water and hay access for farmers

In response to worsening drought conditions throughout the state, Governor Parson announced the availability of water for family farms at 28 Department of Conservation areas and five Department of Natural Resources state parks. Governor Parson also announced the creation of a lottery for farmers interested in haying, free of charge, on almost 900 acres of Missouri […]

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Exceptional drought, or D4 conditions, continue to expand in Northern Missouri

More Missouri counties were placed under extreme or exceptional drought conditions before significant rain fell in areas of north Missouri. Data for the U.S. Drought Monitor map for Missouri was prepared on Tuesday, while rain was falling, with the newest map was released Thursday. The worse possible condition, D-4, shows exceptional drought conditions existed in all […]

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Missouri Soil and Water Districts Commission aids agriculture community facing drought

The Missouri Soil and Water Districts Commission has approved the following five actions in response to Governor Parson’s Executive Order 18-05 Drought Alert: Require soil and water conservation districts to move landowners completing the drought practices listed below to the top of waiting lists. Defer the Grazing School Requirement for 12 months after contract approval […]

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Four additional counties in northern Missouri reach extreme drought status

The U. S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday indicates as many as 26 counties have been classified in D-3 or extreme drought.  That’s an expansion in parts of four more counties from last week’s drought map. Countywide extreme drought conditions exist for Grundy, Sullivan, Daviess, Caldwell, Livingston, and Linn from the Green Hills Region. Also […]

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Livestock producers in 25 counties now eligible for benefits through Livestock Disaster Forage Program

Producers in 25 Missouri counties are now eligible to apply for benefits through the Livestock Forage Disaster Program and Emergency Assistance for Livestock. Both programs are administered through the Farm Service Agency. Counties now accepting applications include Adair, Andrew, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Clinton, Daviess, Dekalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Howard, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Mercer, Nodaway, […]

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Grass in wetland easements eligible for hay in drought stricken counties

To help with livestock feed and forage shortages, Missouri landowners can apply to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to cut hay on up to 50 percent of the grass areas within their wetland easements located in drought-designated counties. Eligible counties are those with drought conditions rated severe (D2) or extreme (D3) in the U.S. […]

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USDA providing $2,000,000 to assist farmers in planting cover crops

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service is helping producers affected by drought. State Conservationist J. R. Flores says the state has two million dollars available to help farmers plant cover crops to address inadequate feed and forage as well as other natural resource concerns. Cover crops established under the emergency initiative […]

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Audio: Climatologist says Missouri is the “bullseye” of the drought

University of Missouri Extension climatologist Pat Guinan says Missouri is the “bullseye” of the drought.     Missourians can share drought conditions directly to the National Drought Monitor to improve reporting on-the-ground. University of Missouri Extension climatologist Pat Guinan says information can be uploaded to the newly-created Missouri Extension Drought Impact Reporter website which includes […]