As Missouri's families and businesses faces the worst drought conditions in a half a century, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is launching an online resource center on her website to help one of state's most vital industries monitor the drought, get timely information, and apply for assistance.
"Missouri's farmers, ranchers, rural families and businesses are facing the worst drought in half a century and I'm determined to protect Missouri jobs and a Missouri way of life," said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. "That's why I've put together this page of resources available for one of Missouri's most vital industries. While the House of Representatives sits on the sidelines and refuses to pass the Farm Bill, I'm continuing to work to get as much help and resources out to the folks in rural Missouri as possible."
The new drought assistance page on McCaskill's website will provide a place Missourians can go for information ranging from the location of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency office locations across the state, to a drought monitoring map updated weekly. Additionally, the page offers a direct link for farmers and ranchers to apply for water supply assistance through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
This resource comes as McCaskill continues her call on the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Farm Bill and protect rural Missouri in this time of drought and disaster. The Farm Bill passed by the Senate reauthorizes critical agricultural disaster assistance programs that expired in 2011. These programs provide essential resources to producers faced with losses stemming from extreme weather events like the current drought.
McCaskill's Fight for Missouri's Farmers and Ranchers
Claire McCaskill has consistently fought to ensure Missouri's farm and ranch families have the resources they need to succeed, and to prevent and overturn unreasonable rules and regulations on producers.
McCaskill helped pass a bipartisan Farm Bill to support agriculture jobs, strengthen resources for family farms and ranches, and reduce the national deficit by more than $23 billion.
McCaskill delivered a victory for rural communities, successfully forcing the U.S. Labor Department to withdraw proposed rules that would affect the ability of young adults to work on family farms and ranches.
McCaskill helped lead a bipartisan group of Senators in successfully demanding an exemption to allow the transportation of all farm supplies from any distribution point to a local farm retailer or to the consumer during planning and harvest seasons.
McCaskill confronted the Environmental Protection Agency in opposition to proposed rules over farm dust, forcing the EPA to abandon any such rules.