More drought aid for region

More drought aid for region

The state’s wate모나코 카지노r supply to the Lower 48 is also at risk.

The state expects to meet at least $1 billion in water needs under drought emergency funding by December 31 for the region over the next six months, said John Molloy, director of the Mississippi Department of더킹 카지노 Commerce and Rural Development’s Division of Emergency and Disaster.

Molloy expects more than $200 million of that amount to come from federal disaster funds.

The budget for 2015-’16 states that meet three or more of the criteria for the drought will be about $400 million,안마 compared with $350 million in the 2014-’15 state fiscal year.

“This is a very difficult situation because most farmers have taken their income and now are facing the immediate reality of the financial reality and the need to sell their land for $200 to buy groundwater at some point,” Molloy said. “We also need to do the extra work needed to make sure that when the drought ends it is all right for farmers to resume agriculture.”

More aid in the pipeline

The Missouri Department of Commerce and Rural Development has already sent out water notices for farmers in central and southern Missouri, and could add more notices in the coming months, said state Sen. Tom O’Brien, D-Bishop Arts. The state also has a $600,000 drought-funding grant, and is starting the process to provide a $200,000 loan to a farmer whose irrigation plant is failing under the drought emergency.

O’Brien estimates the drought relief funds for 2015-’16 alone will be worth $200 million. O’Brien said he is also preparing to send out $25,000 to the farmworker community and $200,000 to other Missouri groups such as the Missouri Farm Bureau.

“This is just the beginning,” he said. “If people think of what we’re going to do to help them, we will do it for them.”

Reporter Jason Hovland, a member of The Des Moines Register’s staff, contributed to this story.

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