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News Brief

July 11, 2011MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Harris

Damage Assessments

4 counties in our region will receive damage assessments from heavy rain and flooding.

Governor Jay Nixon requests the US Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency to begin an damage assessment in 27 Missouri counties. Nixon wanted to determine the damage of crops, farms and homes in the floodplain because of the heavy rains and severe flooding which began in May. The governor's requests for damage assessments will be the first of many steps in declaring the affected counties as primary disaster areas. To qualify as a disaster area counties must lose at least 30% of the estimated yield of a single crop, or where individual farmers suffer production losses of more than 30%. A disaster designation would allow farmers to be eligible for assistance from the USDA.