Missouri Agriculture Flood Resources
Flooding across the state of Missouri has impacted the lives of thousands of farmers. Natural disasters can be a great threat to Missouri farm families and rural communities. This resource page will provide you with important information you will need in the event of a natural disaster to your farm land or community.
On Friday, June 2, the White House approved Gov. Eric Greitens’ request for a federal disaster declaration for historic flooding that began in Missouri April 28. A total of 48 counties were included in the disaster declaration. Click here to read the Governor's news release.
On Thursday, July 6, USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a Secretarial Disaster Declaration due to rainfall and flooding that occurred from April 24 through May 11, 2017. The action makes FSA emergency loan assistance available. The counties are: Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Crawford, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Laclede, Madison, Maries, Miller, Montgomery, Osage, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Ripley, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Stoddard and Wayne. Contiguous counties: Audrain, Barton, Callaway, Camden, Carter, Cole, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Lawrence, Lincoln, Moniteau, Morgan, New Madrid, Newton, Oregon, Perry, Pike, Reynolds, St. Charles, St. Francois, Scott, Texas, Warren, Washington, Webster, Wright and St. Louis City.
To find additional resources across the state, visit the Missouri Recovery Portal.
To find the contact information for your local USDA-FSA office, click here.
These programs can provide assistance to producers impacted by the flood.
Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
Provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters (includes native grass for grazing). Eligible producers must have purchased Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program coverage for 2017 crops. Learn more...
Livestock Indemnity Program
Offers payments to eligible producers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather. Eligible losses may include those determined by FSA to have been caused by hurricanes, floods, blizzards, wildfires, tropical storms, tornados, lightning, extreme heat and extreme cold. Producers will be required to provide verifiable documentation of death losses resulting from an eligible adverse weather event and must submit a notice of loss to their local FSA office within 30 calendar days of when the loss of livestock is apparent. Learn more...
Deadline to apply: Producers must submit a notice of loss to their local FSA office within 30 calendar days of when the loss of livestock is apparent.
Tree Assistance Program
Deadline to apply: Producers have the later of 90 calendar days of the disaster event, or the date when loss is apparent, to submit an application and supporting documentation.
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP)
Provides emergency relief for losses due to feed or water shortages, disease, adverse weather or other conditions, which are not adequately addressed by other disaster programs. ELAP covers physically damaged or destroyed livestock feed that was purchased or mechanically harvested forage or feedstuffs intended for use as feed for the producer’s eligible livestock. In order to be considered eligible, harvested forage must be baled; forage that is only cut, raked or windrowed is not eligible. Producers must submit a notice of loss to their local FSA office within 30 calendar days of when the loss is apparent.
ELAP also covers up to 150 lost grazing days in instances when a producer has been forced to remove livestock from a grazing pasture due to floodwaters.
For beekeepers, ELAP covers beehive losses (the physical structure) in instances where the hive has been destroyed by a natural disaster, including flooding, high winds and tornadoes. Learn more...
Deadline to apply: Producers must submit a notice of loss to their local FSA office within 30 calendar days of when the loss is apparent. The final date to submit an application for payment is Nov. 1, 2017.
Emergency Loan Program
Available to producers with agriculture operations located in a county under a primary or contiguous Secretarial Disaster designation. These low-interest loans help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought and flooding. Learn more...
Deadline to apply: Applications for emergency loans must be received within 8 months of the county’s disaster designation date.
For the primary and contiguous counties included in the Presidential disaster declaration dated June 2, 2017, the application deadline is Feb. 2, 2018.
Primary Counties: Barry, Barton, Bollinger, Butler, Camden, Carter, Cedar, Christian, Cole, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Lawrence, McDonald, Madison, Maries, Miller, Morgan, Newton, Oregon, Ozark, Pemiscot, Perry, Phelps, Pike, Pulaski, Ralls, Reynolds, Ripley, St. Louis, Shannon, Stone, Taney, Texas, Washington, Wayne, Webster and Wright.
Contiguous counties: Audrain, Benton, Boone, Callaway, Cape Girardeau, Cooper, Greene, Hickory, Laclede, Lincoln, Marion, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, New Madrid, Osage, Pettis, Polk, St. Charles, St. Clair, Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, Stoddard, Vernon, Warren and St. Louis City.
Emergency Conservation Program
Deadline to apply: Sign up dates vary by county. Contact your local FSA office for program details and deadlines.
Is an Internet-based Hay and Grazing Net Ad Service allowing farmers and ranchers to share 'Need Hay' ads and 'Have Hay' ads online. Farmers also can use another feature to post advertisements for grazing land, specifically ads announcing the availability of grazing land or ads requesting a need for land to graze. Learn more...
Emergency Watershed Protection Program
The Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) was established by Congress to respond to emergencies created by natural disasters. The EWP Program is designed to help people and conserve natural resources by relieving imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, drought, windstorms, and other natural occurrences. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers the EWP Program; EWP-Recovery, and EWP–Floodplain Easement (FPE).
All projects must be sponsored by some unit of government like a county commission, city government or levee & drainage district.
NRCS can assist with the following projects:
- Stream bank stabilization around roads, bridges or buildings
- Debris removal from streams
- Levee repair on streams with drainage areas less than 400 square miles
Limitations of the EWP include:
- Cannot repair or rebuild a transportation facility such as roads or bridges
- Cannot be used for operation and maintenance activities
- Repairs are limited to pre-storm conditions
Duties of the sponsors include:
- Acquiring land rights and permits needed to construct the projects
- Completing paperwork to document our ability to proceed with projects
- Making provisions to pay for at least 25 percent of the cost of installation
- Using their staff or hiring an engineer to complete the design
- Local contracting of the work, including inspection of installation
- Completing required documentation for reimbursement
- Operating and maintaining the proposed measures for a period of ten years
- USDA-FSA - Disaster Programs Overview
- USDA-FSA - Disaster Program Fact Sheets
- USDA-NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection Program
- USDA Service Center (FSA, NRCS and Rural Development)
- MU Extension - Corn and Soybean Replant Decisions
- MU Extension - CAFO Wet Weather Event Management
- MU Extension - Design Storm Alert System
- MU Extension - Weather Challenges Q&A
- MU Integrated Pest Management - Nitrogen Loss Scoresheet