Nixon seeks to allow Missouri farmers to graze animals

Friday, July 20, 2012 | 1:05 p.m. CDT; updated 2:24 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 20, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon is urging Missouri soil and water districts to allow farmers to briefly graze their animals on livestock exclusion areas.

Nixon said Friday the drought and heat is causing a severe strain on Missouri farmers.

The governor is asking that brief grazing be allowed on soil and water livestock exclusion areas. He said about 140,000 acres could be available to provide immediate help to livestock producers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture already is allowing eligible farmers in 114 Missouri counties access to low-interest loans and other aid.

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