In response to regional fertilizer shortages, North Dakota Farmers Union is calling on Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring to request a temporary waiver of hours of service requirements. Director of Legislative and Member Advocacy Kayla Pulvermacher says NDFU is hearing from members about limited access to anhydrous ammonia. “I heard from folks in northwest North Dakota that have about 100 tanks waiting to be filled,” says Pulvermacher. A hours of service waiver would allow commercial truck drivers to transport anhydrous and other inputs in a timely manner. In March, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted a 90-day ELD mandate waiver for agriculture products. However, some fertilizers, including anhydrous ammonia, are not exempt from the mandate. “It’s not just in one part of the state, it’s all over. Governor Burgum has granted similar waivers in the past. They go through fairly quick because it’s a time sensitive issue.”
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