The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it would not seek new regulations requiring farmers and ranchers to obtain commercial drivers’ licenses (CDLs) to transport animals and farm equipment.

FMCSA also announced that it has no intentions of pursuing any new safety requirements or changes to the rules governing the transport of agricultural products, farm machinery or farm supplies to or from a farm.

DFA’s legislative staff, along with other leading agriculture organizations, weighed in with administration officials on how the proposed new regulations could negatively impact the entire rural economy and are pleased with FMCSA’s announcement. PD


—Source: Dairy Farmers of America Today newsletter, August 10, 2011