Recovery assistance available to landowners along Mo. River

Assistance is available for eligible landowners who lost crops as a result of the 2011 Missouri River flood. This 1,000-year flood event submerged more than 450,000 acres of crop ground in five states on either side of the river from Ft. Randall Dam to St. Louis, MO, including South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. The most significant damage was caused by deposits of sand on cropland and grazing land.

As much as $185,000 in the way of natural disaster recovery funds have been designated to assist property owners of agricultural land in Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Clay, Gregory, Yankton and Union County, to reclaim land damaged by the flood.

Cover crops will be the major conservation practice applied in this region on both cropland and grazing land to bring these flood-damaged areas back into production. But other conservation practices may need to be installed to aid in the recovery effort.

Producers interested in signing up for these natural disaster recovery funds need to do so immediately. To do so contact the USDA NRCS office serving Clay and Union County immediately at (605) 624-7060 and (605) 356-3308, Ext. 3, respectively.

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