The state Farm Bureau says Farmers and Ranchers need federal aid to help them recover losses from the recent snow and ice storms. Director of National Legislative Farm Programs Garret Hawkins says that’s why the Bureau is specifically asking the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Johanns for help through the USDA’s Emergency Conservation Program. Hawkins says financial help is critical. He says its not just storm damage that is costing the farmers and ranchers, but generators they have to use until utility companies are able to get them back online. Hawkins says diesel-fueled generators are costing some farmers and ranchers up to $500. He encourages those who need help to contact their local farm service agency office and register their need for finanicial assistance from the USDA. Governor Blunt has requested an agriculture disaster declaration. Both Senator Bond and Senator McCaskill have requested quick approval of the Governor’s request.
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