As state well assistance dries up, federal program could help farmers

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Missouri News Horizon
-Farmers who missed out on the state program for emergency water aid now have another place to go for help.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency centers are offering to help farmers get water to their drought stricken animals. Gerald Hrdina, who lead’s the program’s effort in Columbia, said while the federal program can be helpful, it does not pay quite as much as the state program does.

“The government, Farm Service Agency, pays either 50 or 75 percent of the eligible costs to provide this additional water,” he said.

The state program was a ninety percent cost share. Hrdina says the state has about $500,000 to help farmers now, and is looking to receive from the federal government in the near future.

While temperatures have been cooler in recent weeks, Hrdina said farmers wells are dry.

“Our producers had a sufficient water supply from a well that’s been out there a number of years,” he said. “Now all of a sudden, he may still be getting water, but it’s at a lot slower rate than it ever was in previous years.”