Bill Would Allow Nebraska Farmers to Mow Ditches More Often

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska farmers would have more chances to harvest hay along state highways under a measure introduced in the Legislature.  Sen. Tyson Larson of O'Neill submitted a bill Wednesday that would let farmers mow and harvest in state highway right-of-ways each year, starting on July 15. Current state law limits mowing and haying to once every other year.  Farmers would still have to apply to the Nebraska Department of Roads, which issues permits to residents who want access to the grass. Larson says state employees often mow the ditches, and letting farmers handle it would generate revenue for the state and agricultural.