Gov. Jay Nixon has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) to conduct damage assessment reports for all 114 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis to determine the extent of damage to crops and livestock because of the excessive heat and severe drought conditions persisting throughout the state.
"The heat and drought will likely cause crop yields to decrease and livestock to be under greater stress," Gov. Nixon said. "This year, many Missouri farmers have undergone a number of hardships caused by weather conditions. Timely damage assessments by the Farm Service Agency will help those farmers who have been affected recover more quickly."
The Governor's request for damage assessments is the first step in the process of declaring counties as primary disaster areas.