Sheriff Danny Hickman is happy to report he has been instrumental today in assisting farmers in our drought ridden area. It was brought to Sheriff Hickman’s attention that farmers attempting to haul large loads of hay had to use secondary highways to transport them to this area from out of state instead of using major fare ways by state law. This usually makes the trips longer and added to the cost of fuel for transporting that hay and thereby adding to the total cost.
Governor Mike Beebe has signed a proclamation today declaring the State of Arkansas in a state of emergency due to the severe drought.
The declaration temporarily authorized issuance of special permits to transport round bales of hay on controlled highways, provided the load does not exceed twelve (12) feet in width. The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will maintain jurisdiction in selecting the safest routes for the hauling of hay. This declaration is in effect for 30 days.
The severe drought in Boone County is forcing many cattle farmers to seek to purchase winter hay in other states. Boone County is acattle producing county and anything that can be done for those farmers, including reducing the cost of their hay, Sheriff Hickman believes should be done. Sheriff Hickman advises those hauling to obtain the special permits mentioned in the proclamation.
The full proclamation can be viewed soon on the Arkansas website and is expected to appear in newspapers.