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Missouri will remain under a state of emergency until November 15, after Governor Jay Nixon extended the status by executive order Monday. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports.
The governor said he was extending the state of emergency by 45 days so more farmers and ranchers could tap into a cost-share program designed to help them get water to their parched lands and thirsty livestock.
The program provides 90 percent of the cost for farmers and ranchers to dig new wells, deepen existing wells deeper, or addresses failing ponds and irrigation systems.
The governor said the state of emergency is also due to the heat and fire risk affecting the state.
Nixon made three stops at utility and electric co-ops Monday—in Neosho, Springfield, and West Plains—because the co-ops have played an important role, he says, in ferrying electricity to the new project sites.
The governor’s office says more than 11,000 applications made their way to the state in just two weeks; nearly 6,000 of those were approved.
The average allocation for those livestock projects that have been approved, Nixon’s said, is $4,800. The state money paying for the project comes from two sources, according to a press release from the governor’s office: reserve funds from the State Soil and Water Districts Commission, and emergency funding at the governor’s dispense under House Bill 8.
For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Davidson.