U.S. senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill sent a letter Wednesday to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack asking him to grant Gov. Jay Nixon's request for a primary disaster declaration for 114 counties in Missouri.
The request is due to the losses sustained by farmers and ranchers as a result of the extreme drought conditions.
The declaration would allow them to qualify for Farm Service Agency emergency loans, emergency grazing and haying and other financial assistance.
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