The ongoing drought has prompted the United States Department of Agriculture to designate 63 Missouri counties as disaster areas or eligible for disaster assistance.
The designation makes farmers and ranchers in those counties eligible for certain types of aid to help them recover from drought-related losses and damages.
Several counties in the St. Louis Public Radio listening area have been named as "primary disaster areas," including:
Two more counties in the listening area are eligible for assistance, though are not designated as primary disaster areas :
A full list of all of the counties involved in today's announcement can be found here.
Full information about the types of aid available to eligible farmers can be found here.
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