​USDA Grain Transportation Report (5/26): North Dakota and Minnesota Waive HOS Rules For Transporting Agricultural Inputs

Governors of North Dakota and Minnesota have waived Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) hours-of-service (HOS) regulations that apply trucks transporting dry fertilizer, liquid fertilizer, anhydrous ammonia, pesticides, and seed.

Recent extreme weather in both states has resulted in a delayed and compressed spring planting season and raised demand for agricultural inputs.

The waivers ensure the availability of all necessary agricultural inputs.

North Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem issued her executive order May 10, effective for 30 days.

In addition to the aforementioned inputs, North Dakota's waiver also applies to trucks transporting other planting and fertilizer resources.

Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota signed an analogous HOS waiver order (effective until “rescinded by proper authority” or May 31, whichever is first) to aid spring crop planting.

This article comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) May 26, 2022, Grain Transportation Report.