Drought conditions have worsened in Missouri with 93 percent of the state suffering from extreme to exceptional drought conditions.
The latest drought monitor from the Drought Mitigation Center, issued on Aug. 16, indicates that extreme (D3) to exceptional (D4) drought conditions were observed over the Missouri, Ozarks and Southeast Kansas. An expansion of D4 drought conditions occurred across portions of Southwest and West Central Missouri and Southeast Kansas over the last week, the first time D4 has been used in Southwest Missouri since the Drought Monitor's inception in 2000.
Bi-county farmers are eligible for cost-share assistance for livestock water through Farm Service Agency's Emergency Conservation Program (ECP). This will allow qualified producers to receive financial assistance to do what it takes to provide a water source for their livestock.
Counties that meet the D3 classification must go through an approval process before implementing the program. Counties that are not yet classified as D3-Extreme Drought can also qualify for ECP if they have a 40 percent shortage of rainfall in comparison to normal rainfall for the year.
Extreme drought (D3) conditions are affecting 17 counties across the Missouri Ozarks. Counties included in the extreme drought region in Missouri are: Camden, Christian, Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Greene, Howell, Laclede, Maries, Miller, Oregon, Phelps, Pulaski, Shannon, Texas, Webster, and Wright.
Exceptional Drought (D4) conditions are now affecting 17 counties in the Missouri Ozarks and three counties across Southeast Kansas. Counties included in the Extreme Drought region include: Barry, Barton, Benton, Cedar, Dade, Hickory, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Morgan, Newton, Ozark, Polk, Saint Clair, Stone, Taney and Vernon.
For more information, contact the Barry or Lawrence county Farm Service Agency offices with any questions or visit the Missouri Farm Service Agency website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov.
This is the first time since the ECP creation in 2000 that the bi-county region has qualified for this assistance.