Gov. Dave Heineman has expanded early roadside haying statewide due to drought conditions. Applications to hay all Nebraska roadsides will be open to all residents.
Heineman directed the Nebraska Department of Roads to advance the starting date for all roadside haying to Monday, July 16, earlier than the previous date of Aug. 1.
Under current rules, the abutting landowner has the first opportunity to harvest hay along state highways.
Further information on haying permits is available through the Nebraska Department of Roads at www.roads.ne.gov/hay.
Last week, Heineman authorized an emergency declaration for statewide drought that allows state personnel and resources to assist with emergency situations and prevention, and allows maximum flexibility to the state to deploy Nebraska National Guard and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency assets and resources as needed.