Missouri’s drought conditions have increased the threat of wildfires across the state.
Governor Jay Nixon (D) presided over a drought briefing today at the Missouri State Fair for emergency management and public safety workers. He says the wildfire risk will stretch into fall, as drought conditions are now expected to last through November.
Gov. Jay Nixon says the state has approved about 4,900 requests from farmers for help in improving their water supplies amid Missouri's extreme drought.
The emergency program provides for the state to pay 90 percent, rather than the usual 75 percent, of the cost of drilling or deepening a well or expanding an irrigation system. The state's share is capped at $20,000 per project.
Candidates debate in Illinois' 12 Congressional District
After nearly twenty years representing Illinois’s 12th Congressional District, Jerry Costello is retiring at the end of his term. The three candidates looking to fill the open seat debated in Carbondale last night.
In the high-profile race for U.S. Senate in Missouri, incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill is seizing on this year’s drought to win support among rural voters.
Speaking at the historic Soulard Farmers Market, Senator McCaskill laid in to her opponent in the November election—Republican Congressman Todd Akin—for his opposition the Senate version of the federal farm bill, which includes disaster assistance for farmers reeling from this year’s record drought.
Were it not for Republicans like Todd Akin, McCaskill says that relief would be on its way to farmers and ranchers.
A University of Missouri veterinary professor says farmers need to be careful when feeding drought-damaged corn to their livestock.
Tom Evans is an associate professor of veterinary pathobiology at the university's College of Veterinary Medicine. He says nitrate levels can accumulate in drought-stressed corn and pose a risk to animal health.
Many farmers across the Midwest are abandoning ruined corn crops and salvaging what they can to feed to their animals, especially cattle.
Only one color was needed to show where July ranks in terms of hottest months on record.
Credit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
From NOAA: This map "shows where July 2012 temperatures were different from the 1981-2010 average across the contiguous United States. Shades of red indicate above-average temperatures and shades of blue indicate below-average temperatures the darker the color, the more unusual the temperature difference."
Extreme drought conditions in Missouri have worsened even though nationwide the total area affected by this year’s severe dry weather has decreased slightly. That’s according to this week’s report from the US Drought Monitor.
The portion of the country facing any level of drought decreased a point to about 63 percent. Meanwhile, about 93 percent of Missouri is in an extreme to exceptional drought.