The Portage County Highway Department is looking for farmers to help them with road maintenance this winter. The department last year started the Standing Corn Row Snow Fence Program, which reimburses property owners, or those leasing the property, for leaving corn rows standing to act as a snow fence. Similar programs are also operating in Marathon and Adams Counties. Portage County Highway Commissioner Nathan Check says they had just one participant in the first year last year. It was on the northern end of the county, and Check says the corn rows performed well in blocking blowing snow. The National Strategic Highway Resource Program has conducted research on the subject of snow control on highways, and found that it costs 100 times more to plow snow than to trap it with a snow fence. Check says they would love to see the program grow in Portage County. If you’re interested, call the Highway Department at 715-345-5230.