Extreme Drought Affecting Lives of Missouri Farmers

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Gov. Mike Parson was in Springfield today signing a bill into law that reduces individual income tax rates going into effect next year.

But last night at the Governor's mansion, Parson met with agricultural leaders across Missouri.

One major topic -- the drought affecting the state this summer.

Take a look at these statistics from the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Nearly 70 percent of the state is experiencing some kind of drought conditions and almost 10 percent of Missourians are in an extreme drought.

Springfield is currently at abnormally dry levels.

Officials are asking farmers to continue to report livestock stress, crop damage and low water levels.

And today KOLR10 went out to the local farmer's market and spoke to one farmer who says this heat and drought are affecting his bottom line.

"Yeah the heat right now is slowing everything up," Missouri farmer E.J McKenna said. "Especially zucchini, squash, and cucumbers. They just really slow up in this kinda heat. And right now with the heat and no rain, we're having to water every single day."

The towns of Wheaton, Purdy, and Butterfield are under burn bans right now.

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