From corn and beans to dairy and pork, Missouri is a leading producer of a wide range of agricultural products. But our farmers and ranchers are having a tough go of it these days.
They're the backbone of our state's economy -- but with tariffs causing prices to fall out from underneath them, their livelihoods are on the line.
And now, the worst drought conditions our state has seen since 2012 are further putting their livelihoods at risk. It's so bad that the USDA just designated 19 Missouri counties as natural disaster areas.
So I wanted to let you know I launched a new resource center to connect farmers and ranchers to information they need at this critical time.
Visit the resource page at mccaskill.senate.gov/drought-resource-center.
The resource center includes information on relief programs available through federal and state governments, and services like a drought monitoring map that is updated weekly. This page also offers a direct link for farmers and ranchers to apply for water supply assistance through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and information on tax relief options following a drought.
I've always fought hard to make sure Missouri's farmers and ranchers have the resources they need to succeed - including working across the aisle to request drought assistance from the USDA.
I'm also working hard in Washington to get our agricultural producers the certainty they need: I've always supported the Farm Bill, and this year was no different -- because now more than ever, Missouri's agriculture producers need certainty and the critical safety nets the Farm Bill provides.
I won't stop fighting for Missouri's farmers and ranchers, and my office is here as a resource. Please reach out if there's anything we can do to help.