JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri livestock producers are getting a little more help keeping their animals fed during the prolonged drought.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is easing rules until Aug. 31 on transporting oversized loads of crop silage and bales. The waiver excludes interstates and national defense highways, which are designated sections of U.S. highways.
MoDOT says drivers may transport up to 10 percent more than their licensed weights to get feed to livestock. The state Agriculture Department requested the waiver amid concerns about shortages of hay.
Also Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture agreed to let Missouri landowners cut forage on up to 50 percent of the grass areas within their Wetlands Reserve Program easements. Haying remains banned in sections that normally hold permanent pools of water for migratory birds.