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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon jokes with customers of the diner at United Producers in Maryville, Mo. on July 31 2012. Nixon says his administration has already approved more than $3.2 million in state aid to get fresh water to farmers and livestock producers. As of Monday, Nixon said his administration had approved 674 applications for the program. The application deadline is Aug. 6, and a total of $7 million is available.

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Missouri drought relief program totals $29 million for farmers

A Missouri program to improve the water supplies of drought-stricken farmers could end up costing nearly 15 times the original estimate.

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