Gov. Jay Nixon asked Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to designate 101 Missouri counties as primary disaster areas.


Gov. Jay Nixon asked Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to designate 101 Missouri counties as primary disaster areas.

The designation will permit assistance from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency to farmers in those counties who have suffered losses to crops and property as a result of excessive heat and severe drought this summer.

Primary disaster counties are those that lose at least 30 percent of the estimated yield of a single crop, or where individual farmers suffer production losses of more than 30 percent.

A disaster designation would allow eligible farmers to be considered for assistance from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

Farmers who qualify would receive FSA emergency loans or assistance from the federal Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program.

Affected farmers would apply to FSA, which considers each application individually on its merits.

Farmers in counties contiguous to primary disaster areas also could be eligible for assistance.