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Farm-hauling issue resolved

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By The Staff

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced last week that it will consider Illinois farmers hauling commodities in most circumstances to be intrastate commerce, effectively resolving the concerns of Illinois farmers.
In a meeting with the Illinois Farm Bureau, the FMCSA staff confirmed that the agency would adopt a new policy, applicable only in Illinois, that commercial motor vehicle transportation of agricultural commodities from a farm to the first transfer point – such as an elevator or livestock market – is transportation in intrastate commerce, and therefore not subject to registration as an interstate carrier.
Now, farmers will not be required to apply for a U.S. Department of Transportation number for their trucks or pass a safety audit to haul commodities.