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Nixon, center, along with Ted Sheppard and Department of Agriculture Director Jon Hagler surveyed Sheppard's pond, which was roughly a foot deep. Sheppard said that, without the well, he might have had to sell his cattle in about 2 weeks. (ORN Photo)

(Texas County) – On Wednesday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon visited a family-run dairy operation near Bendavis in Texas County to survey a new well that has been installed as a result of the Governor’s emergency drought relief program. In addition to seeing how the new well is providing water for the dairy cattle of Ted and Barb Sheppard, the Governor said that the purpose of the program is to keep Missouri and Missouri agriculture strong:

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Nixon says over 5000 projects have been approved thus far. He continued and talked about how the program works:

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Nixon continued and talked about the funding for the emergency program, which was originally estimated to cost $2 million. The approved funding, however, is now almost 15 times that amount:

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More than 11,000 applications were submitted to the state, with a deadline of August 6. Nixon says that the program is on schedule, despite the overwhelming need in the state:

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Ozark Radio News also spoke with Ted Sheppard, who said the program came right on time:

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Funding for this emergency program comes from unallocated reserve funds provided by the State Soil & Water Districts Commission and state resources made available by Gov. Nixon through House Bill 8, which provides the Governor the authority to direct funds for emergencies.

Nixon talks with Ted and Barb Sheppard about the new well system. (ORN Photo)

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