Drought Resources for Farmers and Ranchers
Missouri's farmers, ranchers, rural families and businesses are facing the worst drought in half a century and I'm determined to protect Missouri jobs and our Missouri way of life.
While I'm going to work to get resources to our rural communities, this disaster also underscores the need for a Farm Bill. The Farm Bill passed by the Senate reauthorizes critical agricultural disaster assistance programs that expired in 2011. These programs provide essential resources to producers faced with losses stemming from extreme weather events like the current drought.
Growing up in rural Missouri, I saw firsthand the hard work and dedication our farmers and ranchers show each season. As we face this disaster together, Missourians must summon that same spirit.
Resources Available for Missouri's Farmers and Ranchers
- Missouri Department of Agriculture: Drought Information
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA): County-to-County Map of Office Locations
- Missouri Department of Natural Resources: Water Supply Assistance Application
- Missouri Department of Agriculture: Recent Agricultural Disaster Designations & Declarations in Missouri
- University of Missouri Extension: Drought Assistance Page
McCaskill's Fight for Missouri's Farmers and Ranchers
- June 18, 2012: Days before the Senate passed the Farm Bill, McCaskill teamed up with the President of the Missouri Corn Growers Association and the President of the Missouri Dairy Association to talk about the need to work together to pass the Farm Bill to ensure farmers and ranchers have the resources they need to continue producing safe and reliable food for the country.
- June 21, 2012: McCaskill helped pass a bipartisan Farm Bill to reauthorize essential disaster assistance programs, support agriculture jobs, strengthen resources for family farms and ranches, and reduce the national deficit by more than $23 billion. On the same day, McCaskill told the U.S. House to follow their lead and pass the legislation and soon as possible.
- July 11, 2012: McCaskill and Senator Blunt sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack urging him to move forward with Governor Jay Nixon's request for a primary disaster declaration for all 114 counties in Missouri as a result of losses incurred by farmers and ranchers due to extreme drought conditions.
- July 17, 2012: McCaskill applauded the federal approval of a disaster designation for all 114 counties in and the city of St. Louis, while renewing her call for the U.S. House to pass the Farm Bill stating, "The House of Representatives needs to get to work. As the disaster designation makes clear, Missouri's farmers and ranchers don't have time to wait."
- July 23, 2012: As the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced new resources for farmers and ranchers battling severe drought conditions, McCaskill again called on the House of Representatives to take action on the Farm Bill currently languishing after overwhelmingly passing the Senate last month.
- July 26, 2012: McCaskill supported legislation to help provide relief to Missouri's livestock producers. The Wildfire and Drought Relief for Ranchers and Farmers Act would reauthorize three livestock disaster assistance programs that expired in 2011: the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, the Livestock Forage Disaster Program, and the Livestock Indemnity Program.
Latest Drought News
- Associated Press: Missouri prepares for remnants of Hurricane Isaac (August 30)
- Iowa Farmer Today: Missouri farmers tally summer-long food drive (August 26)
- KOLR-TV: USDA Rep Says Missouri Drought Conditions Among Worst He's Seen (August 28)