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Sept. 2, 2011MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Wayman

Nixon on Hail Storm

Missouri governor Jay Nixon is asking the Federal Farm Service Agency to conduct damage assessment reports for 15 counties to determine the damage left behind from that late August hail and windstorm.

The governor's request to evaluate crops, farms, and homes is the first step in the process to get an emergency declaration declared for our area. For that declaration, a county has to lose at least 30% of the estimated yield of a single crop, or have individual farmers suffer production losses more than 30%. Counties included in the damage assessment request from the governor's office are Andrew, Atchison, Caldwell, DeKalb, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway, and Worth. Other counties included are closer to the Kansas City metro area. A federal disaster declaration still has to be announced before producers and property owners would be eligible for funding assistance.