drought

Drought/river traffic
6:26 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Nixon says state observing river levels for shipping

Barges pass under the Poplar Street Bridge. (via Wikimedia Commons/ Bachrach44)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) says his administration is keeping tabs on river levels along the Missouri and Mississippi as drought conditions persist across the state.  He indicates that the Missouri River may be in worse shape.

“I think that the challenges on the Missouri are a little more significant than the Mississippi," Nixon said at a gathering Wednesday in Jefferson City.  "Minnesota has had a fair amount of rain in that part of the country, but we’re watching those issues very carefully.”

Drought
5:58 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Mo. small businesses harmed by drought eligible for federal aid

(via Flickr/KOMUnews/Malory Ensor)

Missouri businesses directly harmed by the summer heat and drought can get low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
 
Small nonfarm businesses, agricultural cooperatives and nonprofit organizations are eligible for up to $2 million for expenses caused by the drought.
 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared a disaster for 114 Missouri counties, making farmers eligible for low-interest loans and other assistance.
 

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9:28 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Drought takes toll on river transport cities

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There's more sun and heat in the forecast for St. Louis. Not great for a region that's in the midst of the worst drought in decades. Now, we've heard about the effect the drought is having on on farmers -- but it turns out it's also shrinking the shipping lanes in the Mississippi River. Our own Adam Allington reports for Marketplace Morning Report this morning. See more via the link.
Because of the drought, there is only one shipping lane on the Mississippi. So the barges on the river have to coordinate in a way they've never had to.
Forest fires
5:00 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Another fire burns in Mark Twain National Forest

The Mark Twain National Forest
(via Flickr/My Blue Van)

Firefighters say it make take a week to fully contain another wildfire burning in the Mark Twain National Forest.

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Morning round-up
9:17 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, July 30, 2012

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Review your route: I-64 work has begun

Several ramps on the stretch of I-64 that runs through downtown closed for roadwork this morning.

The ramps from 10th Street and 14th Street will be closed around the clock, as will the ramp from Broadway.

Missouri Department of Transportation spokesman Andrew Gates says there will also be ramp closures for motorists heading into downtown.

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Agriculture / Honey
3:35 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Missouri drought could mean extra 'sweet' honey harvest

(via Flickr/BotheredByBees)

Reporting for this story by KRCU’s Jacob McCleland.

The ongoing drought obviously hurts most crops, but not honey. The dry weather actually helps beekeepers.

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drought
5:15 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Regional farmers say worst drought since 1980s forces tough choices

A parched corn field in Cass County, Illinois.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

A new report from the United States Department of Agriculture shows the ongoing drought has caused the nation's cattle herd to shrink by more than 2 million head so far this year.

Analysts project the dry weather will impact prices in the checkout aisle.

Today, we have two reports on the effects of the 2012 drought.  In this combined feature, Adam Allington takes a look at the region's corn farmers.

But first, St. Louis Public Radio's Tim Lloyd reports on the agonizing choices faced by Missouri cattle ranchers.      

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Drought / Agriculture
11:13 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Intense demand prompts Nixon to announce more water funding for farmers

(via Flickr/KOMUnews/Malory Ensor)

More money is being put into an emergency program to aid farmers and ranchers battling water shortages in Missouri.

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has added $5 million to the $2 million set aside for crop and livestock producers who want to drill new wells or deepen existing ones during the ongoing drought.  More than 600 applications have been sent in since the program’s announcement on Tuesday.

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Drought / Food
4:02 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Pray For Rain: Food Prices Heading Higher

A "historically low inventory" of cattle and hogs is driving up meat prices, a trend that's expected to continue next year, USDA economist Richard Volpe says.
Justin Lane EPA/Landov

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 3:30 pm

A fierce drought has been scorching crops this summer, but it's still too soon to know exactly how much of a hole it will burn in your wallet.

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Morning round-up
9:32 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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Nixon announces emergency assistance for farmers

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was in Springfield Tuesday to announce emergency assistance to farmers who need access to water. At the Springfield Livestock Market, Nixon outlined a plan to make more state dollars available faster to farmers. An existing cost-share program is expanding. The state will pay 90 percent of the cost of deepening or drilling wells; previously, the state had covered 75 percent of the cost.

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