June 26, 2012
(COLUMBIA, Mo.) – June 26, 2012 – Missouri USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Edward Hamill, announced that FSA county offices are currently compiling drought damage assessment reports for all 114 Missouri counties. Governor Jay Nixon requested FSA to complete the assessments as the first step in the process of declaring counties as primary disaster areas.
“We have heard from all parts of the state that crops and pastures are suffering because of the lack of rainfall and excessive heat,” Hamill said. “By having our FSA county offices complete an actual assessment of the conditions, we can move forward with seeing what type of assistance may be available for Missouri’s farmers.”
FSA county offices will return the assessment reports to Gov. Nixon by July 6th. The Governor will then make a determination if a request shall be submitted to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack for consideration of a disaster declaration. Damages and losses prompting disaster designations must be due to a natural disaster, such as drought, and a minimum of a 30 percent loss production loss of at least one crop in the county must have occurred. Counties receiving a disaster designation would then be eligible for certain FSA disaster programs.
For more information about the damage assessment reports, please contact your local FSA office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.
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