Gov. Jay Nixon today asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) to conduct damage assessment reports for 27 Missouri counties to determine the extent of damage to crops, farms and homes in the floodplain because of heavy rain and severe flooding that began in May. Twenty-five of the counties are along the Missouri River; Clark and Lewis counties in northeast Missouri also are included, because of flash floods in that area.
"Farms all along the Missouri River and in the northeast corner of the state have suffered hardship and losses because of the flooding and heavy rain," Gov. Nixon said. "Last month, I directed the Missouri National Guard to coordinate the protection of lives and property in this area, and the farmers there should know that we will continue to be there to help with recovery and rebuilding after the floodwaters recede. Timely damage assessments by the Farm Service Agency will help Missouri farmers as in that rebuilding process."
The Governor's request for damage assessments is the first step in the process of declaring counties as primary disaster areas. Primary disaster counties are those that lose at least 30 percent of the estimated yield of a single crop, or where individual farmers suffer production losses of more than 30 percent.
A disaster designation would allow eligible farmers to be considered for assistance from the USDA's Farm Service Agency. Farmers who qualify would receive FSA emergency loans or assistance from the federal Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program. Affected farmers would apply to FSA, which considers each application individually on its merits. Farmers in counties contiguous to primary disaster areas also could be eligible for assistance.
As the damage assessment process moves forward, more information will be available about applying for assistance.
The 27 Missouri counties are Andrew, Atchison, Boone, Buchanan, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Clark, Clay, Cole, Cooper, Franklin, Gasconade, Holt, Howard, Jackson, Lafayette, Lewis, Moniteau, Montgomery, Osage, Platte, Ray, Saline, St. Charles, St. Louis and Warren.
For the latest information on flooding and the wide range of assistance the state is providing, visit MO.gov.