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September 10, 2012

Nixon extends state of emergency in connection with the drought

NEOSHO, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon is extending until Nov. 15 the state of emergency for Missouri he declared in July because of the heat, fire risk and prolonged drought impacting the state.

The governor, speaking today at New-Mac Electric Cooperative in Neosho, also extended the deadline to help Missouri livestock producers and farmers complete water projects approved under the drought relief program the state established on July 23.

Nixon commended the state’s rural electric co-ops who have expedited electrical connections to service the water projects. Since late July, more than 5,800 projects have been approved under the emergency cost-share program to drill new wells, deepen existing wells or undertake other projects to get water to animals and crops. As of today, more than 4,400 projects have been completed; are under construction; or have been scheduled for construction.

“Despite the rain we’ve seen over the past two weeks, Missouri’s agricultural community still has a pressing need for water, especially for livestock,” Nixon said.

“These projects are making a real difference for Missouri agriculture, and we want the projects that have been approved to be completed as soon as possible. By extending the state of emergency for 45 additional days and allowing these projects to continue to move forward, we will ensure that Missouri producers and farmers get the access to water they need so critically.”

More than 11,000 applications were submitted to the state in just a two-week period, of which more than 5,800 were approved.

The program covered 90 percent of the cost of the emergency water project, such as digging or deepening a well or connecting a farm to a rural water supply. The producer or farmer pays the remaining 10 percent. The average allocation per approved livestock project is approximately $4,800.

 

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