JEFFERSON CITY -- Drought-stricken farmers in 63 Missouri counties -- including some in Southeast Missouri -- are eligible for federal assistance after the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wednesday issued a primary natural disaster area designation, Gov. Jay Nixon said.
The designation from USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack is for 31 counties that have suffered either extreme or exceptional drought, or have suffered severe drought for more than eight weeks. An additional 32 counties have been designated as contiguous disaster counties.
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