BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today signed an emergency executive order granting a waiver of hours of service for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting anhydrous ammonia fertilizer.
North Dakota farmers are facing a compressed spring planting season in some areas because of record winter snowfall and a protracted spring snowmelt season, requiring commercial truck drivers to move more fertilizer in a shorter time frame.
State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring requested the waiver of hours of service to ensure that sufficient anhydrous ammonia resources are available to farmers.
The emergency order will remain in effect through June 3. All road safety and vehicle compliance regulations still apply.