Help is on the way for Missouri livestock producers who live in drought-stricken areas. The Missouri Department of Agriculture will be providing a total of $2.7 million in Livestock Assistance grants to help some producers partially recover forage production losses due to certain drought conditions in 2006.
MDA is currently establishing the process to best suit the needs of producers. Applications will be available to producers in mid-October on MDA online, www.mda.mo.gov, at your local county Farm Service Agency, or local University Extension office.
Eligible Missouri counties include:
Barry, Barton, Bates, Benton, Camden, Cass, Cedar, Christian, Cooper, Dade, Greene, Henry, Hickory, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Lafayette, Lawrence, McDonald, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Newton, Pettis, Polk, Ray, St. Clair, Saline, Stone & Vernon. Counties must have experienced exceptional drought to qualify - D4 on the U.S. Drought Monitor or D3 from March 7 to Aug. 31, 2006.
Livestock producers facing a hay shortage have two ways to find hay for sale in Missouri.
The Missouri Hay Directory, which lists more than 200 hay producers, telephone numbers, amount and type of hay for sale, can be found online at http://agebb.missouri.edu/haylst.
Producers also can call the MDA's hay hotline toll free at (800) 877-4HAY.