Thirty-nine counties in Northwest Missouri, plus another 13 adjoining counties, have been put under a federal disaster declaration after drought has hit that areafor the past two years. State Agriculture Director Peter Hofherr says the damage has been widespread in the state. The disaster declaration makes farmers in the affected counties eligible for low-interest loans. But Hofherr believes some farmers might not take advantage of the program because it would just mean more debt. He says the declaration it might help if the Congress comes up with a relief package of grants for the areas hit by drought.
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