Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that the review and approval of all applications for the emergency cost share program for farmers impacted by severe drought is complete. A total of 11,063 applications were submitted to the state, of which 5,885 were approved. Of the approved projects, nearly 4,000 have already been completed, are underway or have been scheduled for construction.
"Unprecedented heat and drought have taken their toll on Missouri's farms," Gov. Nixon said. "This program has helped farmers access immediate resources to get water to their crops and livestock. This emergency action is supporting a critical sector of our economy and will help to mitigate future increases in the cost of food for Missouri families."
Gov. Nixon issued an executive order on July 23, authorizing the State Soil & Water Districts Commission to implement the program to provide urgent relief for farmers and producers facing critical shortages of water. To be eligible for the program, projects had to provide immediate and material relief for the farmer or producer. The same day, Gov. Nixon signed a separate executive order declaring a State of Emergency in Missouri because of the drought. Because of the emergency nature of the program, the application period ended at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6.
Applications approved for assistance have an average cost of $4,805 per livestock project. The program covers 90 percent of the cost of the emergency water project, such as digging or deepening a well or connecting a farm to rural water. The producer or farmer pays the remaining 10 percent. The maximum state match for any project is $20,000.