Farmers across Missouri affected by the heat and drought now have access to low-interest loans and other assistance from the federal government.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated all 114 counties in the state as primary natural disaster areas, following a request by the Governor.
A disaster declaration allows eligible farmers to be considered for assistance from the USDA Farm Service Agency, including FSA emergency loans.
In addition to keeping an eye on crops and livestock, producers should document any losses or additional costs experienced as a result of the drought. That information is often required for farmers to be eligible for physical and production loss loan assistance from the federal government, as well as help from other programs.