A department of natural resources release states Saturday August 25 is the deadline for farmers to apply for the haying lottery that would allow hay harvesting on nearly 1000 acres pf state park land.

Water is available for family farms at 28 Department of Conservation areas and five Department of Natural Resources state parks. Governor Parson also announced the creation of a lottery for farmers interested in haying, free of charge. A lottery system will be used to randomly select one winner from the list of applicants. The deadline is 5 p.m. Saturday. Currently, 24 counties are under D4 status, describing exceptional drought conditions. D4 conditions exist in all of Caldwell County. Portions of Adair, Andrew, Boone, Carroll, Chariton, Clay, Clinton, Cooper, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Howard, Jackson, Linn, Livingston, Nodaway, Platte, Putnam, Ray, Saline and Sullivan counties are experiencing D4 conditions.

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