Fourth District Congressman Ike Skelton has asked the U. S. Department of Agriculture to declare 109 of Missouri's 114 counties, including all of them in the southwest Missouri area, a disaster area.
“Over the past several months," Skelton wrote, "Missouri has been experiencing a disastrous combination of extremely high temperatures and little precipitation. In many areas of the state, soybean and corn crops are dying, pastures are scorched, and ponds are arid. Many farmers who live in these parts of the state are facing tough economic choices as their losses exceed their expenses this year. These hard working American families deserve the immediate attention of the U.S. Department of Agriculture."