Source: Nebraska Cattlemen
As a result of extreme drought in the southern United States there is a dramatic need for hay both in Nebraska and further south. Nebraska Cattlemen is encouraging those with equipment and time to take advantage of every opportunity to make more hay available. Haying and baling road ditches is a way to fill this need for hay.
Nebraska State Senator Deb Fischer, Chair of the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee, shared with Nebraska Cattlemen that a person can apply to the Nebraska Department of Roads for a permit to hay and bale along state highways through September 15th. For more information or to apply contact the District Engineer in your area, their contact information is available at http://www.dor.state.ne.us/admin/engineers.htm.
Property along county road ditches can also be hayed and baled without a permit; but it is recommended to first give notice to the local county commissioner.
Senator Fischer, a Nebraska rancher, worked on the 2007 legislative bill to allow haying and baling of road ditches along state highways. "I know from personal experience there are times when no amount of hay can be wasted," said Fischer. "That time is now and every resource should be utilized to assist other farmers and ranchers."
To take advantage of this opportunity and to list hay for sale please contact Nebraska Cattlemen at the Lincoln Office at 402.475.2333 or the Western Nebraska office at 308.760.6464. You may also contact Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s Hay Hotline at 800.422.6692.