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Drought-Impacted Farmers Given New Options for Feeding, Watering Livestock

Sharon Mollerus

Farmers impacted by the drought in Missouri have more options for help from the state.

Much of southwest Missouri is still considered to be in severe to extreme drought, and much of northern Missouri is in extreme to exceptional drought.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced Monday that, due to the dry conditions, water is available for family farms at 38 Department of Conservation areas and five Department of Natural Resources state parks.  Up to 5,000 gallons of water may be pumped daily, per farm for livestock.  Farmers must provide their own pumping and hauling equipment and need to call 573-751-4115, extension 3209 to make arrangements.

The governor also announced the creation of a lottery for famers interested in haying for free on nearly 900 acres of Missouri State Parks lands.  That lottery opened Monday and goes through Saturday, August 25.   

Additional information, along with maps showing locations for the pumping of water and for haying, are available here.

The governor's office said citizens are encouraged to submit information about drought-related conditions and impacts in Missouri using the Missouri Extension Drought Impact Reporter online at

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.