Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared an emergency because of the recent drought.
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Gov. Jay Nixon is urging Missouri soil and water districts to allow farmers to briefly graze their animals on livestock exclusion areas.
Federal weather forecasters predict the unusually hot dry weather that has gripped much of the nation will linger into fall, especially for the parched heartland.
Crops are not the only things wilting in the sweltering summer of 2012; cattle, the largest animals, on the farm are also under stress.