Sept. 24 is deadline for livestock water aid

Sept. 24 is the deadline for Callaway County farmers to sign up for federal drought aid that pays up to 75 percent of the cost of providing emergency water to livestock.

Darrell Campbell, executive director of the Callaway County Farm Service Agency (FSA), said eligible farmers can receive the aid through the Emergency Conservation Program administered by his agency.

He said Callaway County is now officially approved for the temporary and permanent federal aid for providing water to livestock.

“The Emergency Conservation Program can help with connecting to other water sources and drilling wells. But the most important thing is that interested producers should talk to our office prior to taking any action.”

The federal program offers financial aid for up to 75 percent of the cost of implementing approved temporary emergency livestock water practices and up to 50 percent of permanent practices for this purpose.

Applications will be accepted only until Sept. 24.

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