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Ag Disaster Relief Fund makes first award to Bollinger County

BOLLINGER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

One southeast Missouri county is getting a hand with repairs following this spring's severe weather, courtesy its agricultural community.

Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler presented Travis Elfrink, presiding commissioner of Bollinger County, with a check for $10,000 from the Missouri Agriculture Disaster Relief Fund on Wednesday.

Officials say this fully-funds their request for repairs to gravel roads damaged by heavy rain and flooding this year. 

"We are committed to doing everything in our power to assist the communities affected by natural disasters throughout Missouri, now and into the future," said Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler. "Through the Missouri Agriculture Disaster Relief Fund, we are able to provide support directly to Missouri's farmers and farm families following natural disasters, providing for some of their immediate household needs, repairs to infrastructure and clean up of agricultural areas."

Bollinger County, over one-half of which is farmland, applied for a Major Disaster Grant through the Missouri Agriculture Disaster Relief Fund with plans to repair the roughly 600-miles of gravel roads in the county damaged this year.

"Bollinger County was faced with true devastation from flooding this year. We are very thankful that we have received funds to help us repair hundreds of miles of gravel roads across our area," said Bollinger County Presiding Commissioner Travis Elfrink.

Elfrink said that community member Eva Dunn was instrumental in bringing these grant funds to our attention.

The Missouri Agriculture Disaster Relief Fund addresses the immediate needs of farm families following disaster, to extend grants to non-profit organizations for infrastructure repair and clean up and to help individuals and organizations with exceptional need with major disaster grants.

 The Fund is administered by the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) and provides grants from $500 to $10,000.

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