Missouri Farmers Get Help With Free Hay During Drought

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HALLTOWN, Mo.–Even more help for Missouri farmers and ranchers is coming as worries about drought conditions continue.

One thing Missouri’s governor is doing to ease the struggle is a hay lottery.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has 28 sites totaling 900 acres where farmers can get free hay from August 27th to November 27th.

The lottery allows for one farmer per site to get the free hay. The amount of hay that can be received will vary from site to site.

One man who will be entering the lottery is beef cow farmer, Steve Stamate of Halltown.

Stamate will be entering to get 100 acres of free hay at Nathan Boone Homestead in Ash Grove-one of the 28 state properties available for farmers to gather the commodity. 

Because of this season’s drought, he hasn’t been able to produce enough hay, causing him to to spend $40,000 for a hay substitute. 

If Stamate’s name is drawn, he says the free hay will allow him to save at least $5,000 so he’s thankful to Gov. Mike Parson for the new program.

“I think it’s a very good thing. There’s probably just hay laying there that should be harvested for something, it’s kind of a waste not to do something. I hope it’s pretty good quality stuff that’s there,” says Stamate.

The drawing for free hay runs now through August 25th. 

To find out how you can enter, click https://dnr.mo.gov/droughtresources.htm
 

More information can also be found here https://governor.mo.gov/governor-parson-announces-emergency-water-and-hay-access-farmers

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