Usually you will not see 12 foot wide loads of hay rolling down interstates. But, the Illinois Department of Transportation is making an exception right now because of the drought. Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider says poor pasture conditions have reduced the amount of hay available. To get what hay there is where it's needed requires more travel than usual this year and Schneider says allowing farmers to use interstates in addition to state routes will make the hauling more efficient and less expensive. She calls it a crucial temporary change to meet the production demands of the agricultural industry.
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