Over $3M approved so far in Missouri drought aid

Over $3M approved so far in Missouri drought aid

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SHAWNEETOWN, IL - JULY 16: A corn plant struggles to survive in a drought-stricken farm field on July 16, 2012 near Shawneetown, Illinois. The corn and soybean belt in the middle of the nation is experiencing one of the worst droughts in more than five decades. According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture 48 percent of the state's corn crop is currently in poor to very poor condition. Illinois is the second largest producer of corn in the United States behind Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Posted on July 31, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 1:11 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says his administration has already approved more than $3.2 million in state aid to get fresh water to farmers and livestock producers.
  
Nixon announced last week that Missouri would cover 90 percent of the cost -- instead of the usual 75 percent -- to dig new or deeper wells or expand pipes and pumping systems. The increased cost-share is part of the state's response to widespread drought conditions that have been affecting farms.
  
As of Monday, Nixon said his administration had approved 674 applications for the program. The application deadline is Aug. 6, and a total of $7 million is available.
  
Nixon was traveling Tuesday to Maryville and Kingsville to provide updates about the program.
 

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