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Missouri Approves 4,600 Applications for Water Help

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Corn plants struggle to survive in a drought-stricken farm field (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Corn plants struggle to survive in a drought-stricken farm field (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says the state has approved about 4,600 requests from farmers for help in improving their water supplies amid Missouri’s extreme drought.

The emergency program provides for the state to pay 90 percent, rather than the usual 75 percent, of the cost of drilling or deepening a well or expanding an irrigation system. The state’s share is capped at $20,000 per project.

Nixon announced the additional assistance in July and gave an update Thursday at the State Fair.

The deadline to apply was last week, but Nixon says applications are still being processed. He says many of the applications already approved came from livestock producers.

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