COLUMBIA,Mo. — Missouri landowners residing within one of the 13 counties listed in a Presidential Disaster Declaration are eligible for financial aid through the USDA’s National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).

According to a press release Tuesday, the NRCS will provide around $1 million in aid to help producers with planting cover crops in flooded croplands.

Growers in Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Holt, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Platte, Ray and Ste. Genevieve counties are eligible to recieve funding. The deadline to apply for funding is July 19.

J.R. Flores, State Conservationist, was quoted in the press release explaining how the money not only helps farmers financially, but also keeps their fields safe from further damage.

“NRCS is making this funding available to farmers who can’t plant a cash crop this year because of out-of-bank flooding or backwater flooding,” Flores sated, “It might seem like a small consolation during this difficult time, but at least they can protect the land from further erosion and restore soil health by establishing a cover crop on that land.”

Applications can be turned into a local NRCS office or online at the NRCS website.