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DO FARMERS NEED TO COMPLY WITH TRUCK LOG REQUIREMENT?

Beginning Dec. 18, many truck drivers will be required to have an electronic logging device, but with many farmers making only shorter trips, the law provides a variety of agricultural and other exemptions. A trucking association official says it’s best to read the rule carefully and know for sure whether you qualify for one of… read more

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STATE AND FEDERAL REGS HURT LOCAL PROJECTS

Rural officials say state and federal regulations are getting in the way of their ability to get local infrastructure projects done for a reasonable price. Greenville Public Works Director Bill Grider said the city’s planned sidewalk project ballooned from $100,000 to $250,000 because of state-mandated impact studies and soil samples. “We’re just installing a sidewalk,”… read more

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TRUCK DRIVERS MUST ELECTRONICALLY RECORD HOURS

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a rule yesterday that requires an estimated 3 million commercial truck and bus drivers to electronically record their hours behind the wheel in an effort to prevent fatigue. Drivers had been required to keep paper logs, but investigators and safety advocates have long complained that it’s easy to… read more

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RAIL DEADLINE APPROACHING

Unable to comply with the looming Dec. 31 deadline for implementing positive train control, railroads are warning customers that they might stop rolling altogether-and soon, unless Congress gives them more time. Positive train control is a GPS-based train control system designed to prevent collisions and over-speed derailments.

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EPA SAFETY RULES

New rules will prohibit children from handling pesticides and require farm workers to complete pesticide safety training more frequently, bolstering protections for 2 million U.S. farm laborers and their families, the EPA announced Monday.

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CHESAPEAKE BAY RULES

In one of his first official acts, Maryland’s new Republican Gov. Larry Hogan put the brakes on expanded farm-pollution regulations just as they were about to take effect, setting up a potential fight with the Democratic-controlled Legislature and drawing concern from the federal agency monitoring Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts.

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EPA ABANDONS APPEAL

The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to appeal a key federal ruling in favor of West Virginia farmer Lois Alt highlights the cynicism that drives the agency’s water agenda, AFBF said this week. EPA’s voluntary dismissal of its appeal signals the agency’s desire to avoid a likely loss in the appellate court.

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STATE REGULATIONS

 The Supreme Court this October will take up an antitrust case that could curb the proliferation of state licenses, a top worry for U.S. small-business owners and entrepreneurs. At issue: Can state licensing boards staffed with business owners and professionals regulate their own markets without oversight from government employees?

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DITCH THE RULE

Washington Examiner Columnist Ron Arnold savaged the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule in his latest column. Arnold, a long-time proponent of “wise use” of natural resources notes that movement conservatives are beginning to wake up to the EPA power grab that is Waters of the U.S.  

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TRUCK RULES

 Governor Pat Quinn Tuesday signed into law SB 3398 which allows farmers with the smallest trucks — pickups and dualies — to have their vehicles identified as “Covered Farm Vehicles.” “This piece of legislation was a priority for Illinois Farm Bureau and our members,” said Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr. The legislation provides… read more

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