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AFR applauds Senator Inhofe on round two of farm truck weight issue


Terry Detrick, president and CEO of American Farmers & Ranchers, said recently that AFR applauds Senator Inhofe in his efforts to lift undue restrictions on agricultural producers taking their crops and livestock to market. Recemtly, Senator Inhofe introduced Senate Bill 639 that would help farmers and ranchers transporting their commodities across state lines. The legislation would change the definition of a commercial motor vehicle to exempt farm vehicles and drivers. AFR has also worked with Senator Tom Coburn on the issue and AFR is pleased to see that he is co-sponsoring the legislation.

Detrick said, "The new legislation is a step in the right direction in allowing farmers and ranchers to transport their commodities without unreasonable regulations that have no impact on roadway safety." Currently, farmers and ranchers are subject to regulations when they are traveling just a few miles from their home to deliver crops and livestock to nearby markets. For example, a one ton dually pickup traveling across state lines to conduct agriculture business can be subject to having DOT numbers on the side of their vehicle, a medical card, hours of service log, as well as other regulations.

Detrick stated, "While there is still work to be done in regard to the problems farmers and ranchers face in transporting their commodities, we applaud Senator Inhofe in recognizing the problem and working to find a solution for everyone involved. Currently, the rules and regulations that farmers and ranchers must follow are designed for over the road haulers that travel all across the country; we are only talking about an exemption for farmers and ranchers that drive very few miles to get their products to the first point of sale and to the best market within their area."

The legislation follows a bill that was introduced last session by Oklahoma Congressman Dan Boren and Congresswoman Mary Fallin. The legislation failed to make its way through Congress last session and Senator Inhofe has decided to champion the legislation and see it through in the 111th Congress.

American Farmers & Ranchers will continue to work with Senator Inhofe, as well as other Oklahoma delegation, to make certain that the legislation will be beneficial to producers in Oklahoma as well as across the United States.


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