Who knew roadside ditch-mowing was so controversial in outstate MN?


October 23, 2017

Everyone knows that weather and prices concern farmers, but it surprises many people that mowing roadside ditches has become a top issue in farm country.

It is a big enough concern that the state Legislature slapped a moratorium until May 2018 on the Minnesota Department of Transportation requiring permits to mow ditches along 12,000 miles of state roads. In the coming month, seven meetings around the state are expected to be packed with farmers who want freedom to turn grass in the ditches into bales of hay and environmentalists who want to leave the grass and other plants standing.



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