Friday, April 27, 2007

Farming Highway Ditches?

From the AP:

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)--People cruising through the state might soon get a better view of farming.
The Legislature gave first-round approval Jan. 25 to a bill (LB43) that would likely increase hay harvesting of state highway rights-of-way. Currently, farmers and ranchers can take their machinery into highway ditches to cut and harvest only when the governor says so, during times of drought.
The bill from Sen. Lavon Heidemann of Elk Creek would allow the state Department of Roads to issue rights-of-way haying permits. Similar measures have failed in the past.
Heidemann's bill has a twist: To protect animal habitat, once a right-of-way was mowed, it could not be mowed again for a year.

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