Senators Oppose Farm Transport Regulations

Friday, 05 Aug 2011 10:30 AM

By T.M. Golub

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Proposed Transportation Department regulations could cause an undue burden on farmers who mostly sell their goods to local markets, because the rules treat the transports as if they were interstate commerce, according to letter signed by 21 senators.
“This is another sign of the disconnect between Washington bureaucrats and rural America,” said Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, one of the senators who signed the letter.

“Safe transportation of agricultural equipment on roads and highways is of utmost concern, but there doesn’t appear to be an understanding that these regulations could have a far-reaching impact on producers and the cost of food for the public,” he said.
In a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a Transportation Department division, the senators argue the proposed regulations do not take into consideration that farmers generally market their products at the closest location for the best possible price, and do not go out of state.
“The production and availability of high quality, nutritious food is essential, and placing additional burdens on those who produce this food is a serious concern,” Grassley said.


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