JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)
Gov. Mike Parson on Friday signed an executive order to extend the drought alert in the state until May 1, 2024, according to a press release from the governor’s office.
The current drought monitor in Missouri shows much of the state in severe or moderate levels of drought. The press release states that 85 Missouri counties are experiencing drought conditions.
The drought alert was initially created with an executive order on May 31 in response to severe drought conditions.
"Having to issue a drought alert this spring was quite unprecedented, and unfortunately, drought has persisted in Missouri," Parson said in the release. "While we've had periods of marginal improvement, farmers and ranchers are still feeling the impacts, many forced to sell livestock early and scrambling for alternative feed sources. Some of the most impacted areas are our waterways, slowing barge and river port activity during our busy harvest season. We're extending this alert to continue providing every resource possible to help mitigate the impacts and in hopes that we get plenty of rain throughout the coming winter and spring."