Holden Asks Feds for Drought Assessment
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden has asked the federal government to assess drought conditions in 36 counties. It's a first step in eventually seeking federal disaster aid.
The governor's office says corn in parts of northern and western Missouri is so damaged by drought that there is little chance of recovery.
Scorched pastures have also forced some livestock farmers to begin feeding winter supplies of hay to their animals, or to sell them prematurely.
Holden requested damage assessment reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the following counties: