Funds For Drought Recovery

Missouri sees millions to revive conservation after drought

Published on: Oct 30, 2012

The state of Missouri received $1.77 million in assistance to help the state recover from the 2012 drought.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to help producers rebound from drought have touched more than one million acres of farmland across the country as nearly 2,000 producers took advantage of conservation funding targeted to drought-stricken areas by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS made more than $27 million available to farmers and ranchers to make conservation improvements; spurring recovery and ensuring lands are more drought resistant in the future.

"This tremendous response reflects the severity of this year's drought conditions, "Agriculture Secretary Vilsack said. "The level of producer participation is also a testament to the hard work of USDA and other federal agencies to help farmers and ranchers weather one of the worst droughts in decades."

NRCS made more than $27 million available to farmers and ranchers to make conservation improvements; spurring recovery and ensuring lands are more drought resistant in the future.
NRCS made more than $27 million available to farmers and ranchers to make conservation improvements; spurring recovery and ensuring lands are more drought resistant in the future.

NRCS provided financial and technical assistance to help crop and livestock producers in 22 states apply conservation practices, including conservation tillage, cover crops, nutrient management, prescribed grazing, livestock watering facilities and water conservation practices. These actions build healthier soil that lead to better harvests and cleaner water and air.

"The conservation investments made by these producers today will continue to improve the resilience of their lands in the face of drought as well as other natural events that are out of their control," Vilsack said. "The farmers and ranchers that have voluntarily implemented conservation improvements have taken an important step toward building drought resistance into their operations."

Exceptional drought continues to dominate sections of Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming, causing widespread losses of crops and pastures and water shortages in reservoirs, streams and wells.

Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina and Utah are under extreme drought, with accompanying major losses of crops and pasture, widespread water shortages and restrictions on water use.

Source: USDA

       
Drought Level State EQIP* WHIP** EQIP WHIP Totals
Aug. 7 Aug. 7 Sept. 19 Sept. 19
D3 Alabama $103,000 $100,000 $82,800   $285,800
D4 Arkansas $1,799,000 $2,000,000 $1,145,100 $500,000 $5,750,000
D4 Colorado $1,285,000 $500,000 $1,315,400   $3,100,400
D4 Georgia $231,000 $186,600 $417,600
D3 Indiana   $3,578,210   $1,850,000 $5,428,210
D3 Illinois $180,000 $220,410 $400,410
D3 Iowa $150,000   $251,100   $401,100
D4 Kansas $373,000 $358,000 $731,000
D4 Kentucky $128,500   $103,600   $232,100
D3 Michigan $75,000 $48,800 $123,800
D3 Missouri $925,000 $100,000 $746,300   $1,771,300
D3 Mississippi $386,000 $400,000 $310,800 $1,096,800
D4 Nebraska $128,500 $250,000 $159,450   $537,950
D3 New Mexico $215,000 $375,000 $173,600 $133,000 $896,600
D3 Nevada $129,000 $350,000 $182,836 $250,000 $911,836
D3 Oklahoma $139,500 $139,500
D3 South Carolina $68,000 $37,000 $54,400   $159,400
D3 South Dakota $525,000 $605,500 $1,130,500
D3 Tennessee $771,000 $250,000 $741,300   $1,762,300
D3 Texas $257,000 $30,000 $291,000 $30,000 $608,000
D3 Utah $514,000   $972,600   $1,486,600
D3 Wisconsin $25,000 $2,000 $27,000
D3 Wyoming     $418,500   $418,500
Total $7,743,000 $8,497,210 $8,207,996 $3,368,500 $27,816,706
*Environmental Quality Incentives Program
**Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program