Flood of 2019

NRCS offering more than $9 million to restore flood-prone lands in 69 Missouri counties

In response to flooding in Missouri and across the country this year, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing the availability of $9 million to fund conservation easements in 69 Missouri counties damaged by flooding and other natural disasters. Funds are available through the floodplain easement component of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP-FPE). […]

Disaster Declaration

Audio: Federal ag disaster declaration granted in 53 Missouri counties

A federal agriculture disaster declaration has been designated in 53 Missouri counties from severe flooding this year. The move allows farmers and ag producers to apply for USDA Farm Service Agency emergency loans for things like the replacement equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.     The Missouri counties […]

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Chillicothe police detective investigates suspicious man taking photos

Chillicothe Police Detective Whitney Murdock says officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 400 block of Jackson Street on Thursday. The report involved a man taking photos outside of a residence and possibly of the children at the residence. After an investigation, the Chillicothe Police determined the individual was with a third party […]

Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri

Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri offering fund for disaster relief

The Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri has a new fund to provide disaster relief, particularly to flood victims in Northwest Missouri. The fund was seeded by an out-of-state donor looking for a community foundation to disperse the funds, as the person is familiar with community foundations and has given to them in different parts of […]

Missouri National Guard

Governor Parson activates Missouri National Guard to assist in fighting flooded areas

Governor Mike Parson has activated the Missouri National Guard as the state continues to respond to damaging flooding, tornadoes, and severe storms and remains under the threat of additional flooding and severe storms this week. “I have directed Major General Steve Danner to begin moving our Missouri Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen to locations where they will […]

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USDA extends deadline for producers to certify 2018 crop production for Market Facilitation Program payments

USDA extended the deadline to May 17 from May 1 for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), which helps producers who have been significantly affected by foreign tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) extended the deadline because heavy rainfall […]

Farm Service Agency FSA

Programs offer assistance to farmers from natural disasters

The United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Brent Hampy reminds producers who experienced losses from natural disasters during the 2017 and 2018 calendar years that they may be eligible for assistance through several programs. One of those is the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, which provides […]

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Audio: USDA designates 38 Missouri counties as primary natural disaster areas from drought

The USDA has designated several Missouri counties as primary natural disaster areas.     Thirty-eight Missouri counties have been designated as primary natural disaster areas from the recent drought. Producers who suffered losses can call a Farm Service Agency office to see if they are eligible for emergency loans and the requirements. The emergency credit […]

Food Stamps or SNAP

USDA provides additional food options to SNAP participants impacted by Hurricane Florence

The U.S. Department of Agriculture yesterday approved a waiver that will allow participants in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in North Carolina to buy hot foods with their benefits through October 31, 2018. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue emphasized the importance of the waiver, noting that many North Carolina residents evacuated to shelters cannot […]

Farm Service Agency FSA

Farms in northern Missouri may be eligible for cost-share assistance under Emergency Conservation Program

Farms and ranches experiencing severe drought conditions in several northern Missouri counties may be eligible for cost-share assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP). The Grundy County Farm Service Agency reports those counties include Grundy, Harrison, Livingston, Putnam, Sullivan, and Schuyler. The United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency administers the ECP and provides […]