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Gov. Fallin Extends Hay Transportation Executive Order

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:48:32 CDT

Gov. Fallin Extends Hay Transportation Executive Order On September 20, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin extended the executive order allowing haulers of hay to carry larger loads in their trucks for another 60 days. The order was originally signed because of the extreme drought across the state, which left many farmers without access to hay for livestock purposes and many farmers and ranchers are continuing to struggle with this effort.

The current rules for hauling hay restrict the dimensions to 11 feet in width, while the executive order from Gov. Fallin increases those dimensions to 12 feet. This allows haulers without a permit to double the amount of hay bales that are hauled per truck.

The executive order also suspends the requirement for an oversized vehicle permit for vehicles transporting hay to livestock.

In an earlier statement by Gov. Fallin when the executive order was originally issued, Fallin said, "The historical drought we are now facing is having a serious impact on our entire state, and farmers are among the hardest hit."

"Many farmers are experiencing shortages of hay, leaving their livestock severely underfed," Fallin said. "To try and alleviate that problem and expedite access to food, I have decided to loosen the restrictions on trucks hauling hay, so we can get as much food to market as quickly as possible."

Click here to visit the Oklahoma Department of Ag's website and Hay Directories.



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