Governor Tim Walz, last week, signed an Emergency Executive Order, granting a temporary exemption from the hours of service requirements for drivers of commercial vehicles delivering fertilizers to Minnesota farmers.
According to a release from the Governor’s Office, Executive Order 19-32 ensures that carriers and drivers can deliver anhydrous ammonia and other fertilizer products to the farmers of the state to ensure a successful planting season. The Order remains in effect for thirty days, or until direct assistance ends, whichever occurs first. All other safety requirements pertaining to drivers and vehicles still apply.
Extreme cold weather, significant snowfall, and flooding are being credited for causing a wet spring, which has lead to delivery delays, and shortened this year’s planting season.
Farmers in multiple states have had to delay field work, increasing the demand for anhydrous ammonia and other fertilizers.