Governor Mike Parson signed an executive order Wednesday, placing 47 counties in Missouri on Drought Alert.
According to a news release, Parson called upon the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to activate the Drought Assessment Committee and the associated drought impact teams.
“Missouri farmers are resilient, but with no control over Mother Nature, this year’s drought has been difficult to battle,” said Governor Parson. “By responding early to this drought, we can greatly reduce the impact upon our agricultural community as well as on all Missouri citizens. Our farmers are the backbone of our state, and it is imperative that we assist to get through this difficult time.”
In accordance with Phase One of Missouri’s Drought Plan, the Department of Natural Resources convened the Climate and Weather Committee in January 2018, to begin monitoring drought conditions and consider response options.
At its July 13 meeting, the Climate and Weather Committee recommended that Phase Two of Missouri’s Drought Plan be activated. Phase Two includes declaring a Drought Alert for 47 Missouri counties currently experiencing severe or extreme drought on the U.S. Drought Monitor issued July 12, 2018.
The counties include: Adair, Andrew, Audrain, Barry, Barton, Boone, Buchanan, Caldwell, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cole, Cooper, Dade, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Howard, Jackson, Jasper, Knox, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lewis, Linn, Livingston, Macon, McDonald, Mercer, Moniteau, Monroe, Newton, Nodaway, Platte, Putnam, Randolph, Ray, Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Sullivan, and Worth.
In June, to aid the agricultural community, the Department of Natural Resources’ Soil and Water Districts Commission granted a statewide variance that allows grazing on practices that would normally be livestock-excluded.
For more information on the Missouri Drought Plan, the Drought Assessment Committee, Executive Order 18-05, and the Drought Monitor map click here.