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Gov. Mary Fallin Extends Executive Order on Transport of Hay for Second Time

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 11:28:08 CST

Gov. Mary Fallin Extends Executive Order on Transport of Hay for Second Time Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issued a second extension of an executive order allowing haulers of hay to carry larger loads in their trucks. The second extension comes in light of the ongoing struggle with drought, which has left some farmers without access to hay for livestock.


This order was originally issued on July 22 and then extended again on September 20. This second extension, which was issued on November 18, will expire after 60 days


Current rules restrict haulers of hay to dimensions of 11 feet in width. Governor Fallin's executive order increases those limits to 12 feet. Because a standard hay bale is six feet in width, this change doubles the amount of hay bales capable of being hauled per truck without a permit.


Additionally, for those vehicles transporting hay to livestock, the executive order temporarily suspends the requirement for an oversized vehicle permit within these limits.


"The historical drought we are now facing is having a serious impact on our entire state, and farmers are among the hardest hit," Fallin said. "Many farmers are experiencing shortages of hay, leaving their livestock severely underfed. 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 on the LINK below to see a copy of the second amended executive order by Gov. Mary Fallin. Click here to see our story from the first executive order with more from Gov. Fallin, Ag Secretary Jim Reese, and other agricultural organizations.

   

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