Governor Parson has signed another executive order. This executive order is extending the drought alert in Missouri. The United States Drought Monitor has said that 85 Missouri counties are experiencing moderate, severe, and extreme drought problems. Governor Parson says that declaring a drought alert this Spring was unprecedented, but droughts have persisted in Missouri. He also says that farmers and ranchers still feel the impact of being forced to sell livestock early and scrambling for other alternate food sources. Some of the most impacted areas include waterways, slowing barges, and riverport activity during the busy harvest season. Due to this executive order, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources activated the drought assessment committee, and this team will help those hurting due to the drought.