COLUMBIA, Mo. — Many farmers in Missouri are still recovering from record flooding that occurred in the spring.

To help with the recovery effort, the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), if offering more than $9 million to 69 counties in Missouri to purchase floodplain easements.

According to a press release Monday, easements are portions of farmland or other types of property that are permanently sold the United State government through the NRCS. The NRCS then works to restore the purchased land back to its original floodplain habitat.

Funding for the easements is made available through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWPP). The press release indicates that values of the pending purchases will be determined through a market analysis or private sale.

Producers that are interested in applying are encouraged to contact their local NRCS office for further detail.

A complete list of eligible Missouri counties is available on the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s website.