August 21, 2012
Governor visits Greene County livestock operation to see new well installed through program; program team completing review of pending applications
More than 3,500 projects completed, underway or scheduled for construction through emergency drought relief program, Gov. Nixon announces
GREENE COUNTY, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon today visited a family farm near Ash Grove in Greene County to survey a new well that has been installed as a result of the Governor's emergency drought relief program. Gov. Nixon saw the well that is producing water for cattle being raised by livestock producer Kim Keith, and also provided an update on how the emergency program is helping Missouri farmers.
The Governor also announced that the State Technical Assistance Review Team, in conjunction with local soil and water district boards, is in the process of completing final review of pending applications. As of this afternoon, nearly 5,800 applications have been approved, and more than 3,500 of those projects have been completed, are underway or have been scheduled for construction. The review process is nearing completion on the final few pending applications.
"The number of applications we received shows the real and immediate needs that farmers have during this unprecedented period of drought," Gov. Nixon said. "Now that the review process is wrapping up, we are turning our attention to approved projects so that we can ensure that they are completed as soon as possible."
Gov. Nixon's executive order authorized the State Soil & Water Districts Commission to establish 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, he signed a separate executive order declaring a State of Emergency in Missouri because of the drought.
Because of the emergency nature of the program, project applications were due by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6. Officials from the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources are supporting local soil and water districts in reviewing the applications to determine eligibility for funding.
The nearly 5,800 applications approved for assistance have an average cost of approximately $4,800 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.
Funding for this emergency program comes from unallocated reserve funds provided by the State Soil & Water Districts Commission and state resources made available by Gov. Nixon through House Bill 8, which provides the Governor the authority to direct funds for "responding during a declared emergency at the direction of the Governor, provided the services furnish immediate aid and relief."