Missouri Governor Jay Nixon visits Neosho to announce the extension of an emergency program to help farmers recover from this summer's drought.
The governor was at New-Mac Electric Cooperative where he said rural electric co-ops have been a vital partner in providing necessary and expedited electrical connections to service water projects.
The state program covers 90% of the cost of the emergency water project, such as digging a well or connecting a farm to a rural water supply.
The farmer pays the remaining 10 percent.
The average allocation for each approved livestock project is about $4,800.
"Our hope is that everybody that's qualified we can get those projects all done, we think this adds value to Missouri agriculture, saves our herds out there and makes next year a safer year for us moving forward with agriculture in Missouri," says Governor Nixon.
Missouri's state of emergency has been extended for 45 days, until November 15.
This extension also allows more time for farmers to apply for state funds for water projects.