$150K donated to help Missouri farmers

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A newly formed agriculture disaster relief fund already has raised $150,000.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture says seed & chemical firm Monsanto Co. has chipped in $100,000. Another $50,000 comes from Taiwan.

Missouri Agriculture Director Jon Hagler says the new disaster relief fund will help Missouri farm families get back on their feet.

The fund is administered by the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority.

Grants of $500 are available to meet the immediate needs of farm families recovering from a natural disaster.

Up to $5,000 is available for non-profit organizations, counties, municipalities and other government entities for infrastructure repair, clean up or other projects that assist in recovery for the farm community.

Even larger grants are available on a special needs basis.

Online: http://MDA.mo.gov

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