The Drought is starting to severely impact shipping along the Mississippi River as water levels continue to drop.
The region’s shipping companies have had to lighten their loads to keep from running aground and that’s starting to cut into their bottom lines.
Governor Jay Nixon (D) has called on the Missouri Soil and Water Districts Commission to allow livestock farmers to let their herds flash graze temporarily in so-called “exclusion areas.”
Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt is applauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s move to designate all of Missouri’s 114 counties a disaster area.
Speaking to reporters today, Blunt said the state’s ongoing drought highlights the need for good farm policy and he would like the House to pass a final farm bill by the end of September.
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