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Aug. 1, 2012MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Coffey

Missouri Governor visits Maryville

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon paid a visit to Maryville yesterday at United Producers, Incorporated.

The Governor was promoting an emergency cost-share program for the state's livestock producers and farmers dealing with this summer's drought. Spokesperson with the Governor's office...Scott Holste..says Governor Nixon has made available seven million dollars to aid farmers affected by this summer's hot and dry conditions.

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Holste adds 818 projects totaling more than 3.8 million dollars have been approved through the program so far and the deadline to apply for assistance is Monday. Producers needing more information can go to Governor Nixon's website at Kansas has launched a cost-sharing program to help farmers and ranchers increase water supplies for livestock as the state remains in severe drought. The State Conservation Commission voted this week to spend $500,000 from existing funds for water projects, mainly in pastures that have little or no water supplies. The state will provide up to $2,000 per project and up to $4,000 to each landowner. The Kansas Department of Agriculture is asking applicants to focus on restoring existing ponds, developing wells and springs or completing water storage projects. Officials say applications should be submitted through county conservation districts. The department's Division of Conservation will review the applications.