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Dennis Daugaard: Executive Order allows oversize vehicles to transport hay

PIERRE, SD – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed an Executive Order that suspends the permits needed for oversize vehicles that are transporting baled feed to another state.

Many states in the southwestern U.S. are experiencing extremely dry weather, and the lack of rainfall has led to shortages of feed for livestock. The Executive Order helps South Dakota agricultural producers and truckers to assist farmers and ranchers in those drought-stricken states.

“When South Dakota has faced drought conditions, people in other states have helped us out,” said South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones. “Suspending this permit requirement is one way we can get feed to those producers who need it in a timely manner.”

The Governor’s Executive Order extends the permit suspension until midnight, Oct. 26, 2011.

“I’d like to thank South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones and Gov. Dennis Daugaard for helping ease hay transportation restrictions on behalf of Texas ranchers who are in desperate need of forage to feed their herds,” said Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. “Texas leads the nation in cattle production, but due to devastating drought and a critical lack of forage our ranchers are selling off their herds at unsustainable rates that will have long-term effects on our economy and our consumers. Thanks to our friends in South Dakota, we have renewed hope here in Texas.”

Although the permit requirement for oversize vehicles hauling hay across South Dakota borders has been temporarily suspended, several highways in the state have width restrictions in place because of construction. Truckers are encouraged to check their routes ahead of time for width restrictions.

PIERRE, SD – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed an Executive Order that suspends the permits needed for oversize vehicles that are transporting baled feed to another state.

Many states in the southwestern U.S. are experiencing extremely dry weather, and the lack of rainfall has led to shortages of feed for livestock. The Executive Order helps South Dakota agricultural producers and truckers to assist farmers and ranchers in those drought-stricken states.

“When South Dakota has faced drought conditions, people in other states have helped us out,” said South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones. “Suspending this permit requirement is one way we can get feed to those producers who need it in a timely manner.”

The Governor’s Executive Order extends the permit suspension until midnight, Oct. 26, 2011.

“I’d like to thank South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones and Gov. Dennis Daugaard for helping ease hay transportation restrictions on behalf of Texas ranchers who are in desperate need of forage to feed their herds,” said Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. “Texas leads the nation in cattle production, but due to devastating drought and a critical lack of forage our ranchers are selling off their herds at unsustainable rates that will have long-term effects on our economy and our consumers. Thanks to our friends in South Dakota, we have renewed hope here in Texas.”

Although the permit requirement for oversize vehicles hauling hay across South Dakota borders has been temporarily suspended, several highways in the state have width restrictions in place because of construction. Truckers are encouraged to check their routes ahead of time for width restrictions.




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