States are easing hay-hauling restrictions to help livestock producers in need. Here are a few recently announced:
Louisiana: Hay growers here will have an easier time helping their Texas neighbors with a waiving of size restrictions and permit fees when hauling round bales through Oct. 25.
Transport vehicles can load round hay bales side-by-side across trailers up to 12’ wide and 14’ high rather than the normal restriction of 8’6” x 13’6”, according to Louisiana’s transportation and public safety departments.
“As Texas continues to experience drought conditions, their hay production has been affected significantly,” says Mike Strain, state ag commissioner. “With this executive order, Louisiana hay producers may be able to help out Texas ranchers and suspending the restrictions and waiving the permit fee will allow them to transport more hay at the lowest possible cost.”
For more details on hauling requirements, see the executive order here.
Missouri: The fee for blanket oversize permits to haul wide loads of hay has been waived through Dec. 31 on loads up to 12’4” wide of legal height, length and weight, according to Missouri's transportation department.
The waiver will also allow hay movements to take place over holidays and at night. At night, or when visibility is less than 50’, drivers must use reflective, oversized-load signs and clearance lights instead of flags at the edges of their loads.
"Missouri farmers are facing challenges as a result of the extremely dry conditions our state is experiencing," says state ag director Jon Hagler. "Waiving the permit fee for our state's farmers and haulers transporting hay will certainly help livestock and crop producers continue doing what they do best."
Farmers should call 800-877-8499 to report the year, make and license plate numbers of their power units and provide their business names and addresses. Permits will be issued by fax or email. For more information, visit mo.gov.
Wisconsin: Agricultural Emergency Permits are being issued to allow the transport of heavier loads of hay bales along most Wisconsin and local roadways. The southern part of the state has been suffering from drought.
“We need to do everything we can to make sure farmers can get feed for their animals,” says Gov. Scott Walker. “I’m directing the state agriculture and transportation departments to take immediate steps to permit the transport of hay to areas where it is urgently needed.”
Through June 30, 2013, the free permits authorize the transport of hay bales during daylight hours along non-posted state and local roadways at a maximum overall height of 14’6”, width of 12’, and length of 75’ for combination vehicles and 45’ for single vehicles.