A program announced by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to help farmers access water on their farms has drawn almost five thousand applicants in need of assistance.

The emergency drought relief program funded 90 percent of the costs of projects providing immediate and material relief for livestock and crop producers in the state suffering from unprecedented drought conditions.

Many projects have helped farmers to drill or deepen wells or expand irrigation systems.

The state would match up to $20,000 to fund a project, but a release states the average cost of the 4,600 projects approved was approximately $4,800. In total, more than 4,900 projects have been approved. Another 1,500 applications need to be processed.

The program only invested in programs helping the industry survive this summer’s harsh conditions.