During a news conference at the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Nixon announced an additional $5 million for a program to help farmers get the money they need to drill new water wells or deepen existing wells.
"It is immediate help that will
affect this year's livestock, this year's crops, and this year's bottom line in
Nixon said farmers can get up to 90 percent of their costs covered by local Soil and Water Conservation Districts if they meet certain criteria. The program is designed to move quickly - the state is offering a three day turnaround on the funds if farmers offer plans to complete the project within 60 days.
Earlier this week, Nixon set aside $2 million for the program, but due to a strong response from nearly 600 farmers, he announced the plan would be expanded.
"We're trying to work directly with the locals who have their feet on the ground, their ears to the ground, and they literally are out assessing their needs at the local level," he aid.
announced his administration is moving an additional $1.5 million into the
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