North Dakota Governor 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 shortage of fertilizer due to significant late season snowfall in other parts of the upper Midwest, which has delayed and shortened the spring planting season across the region. Commercial truck drivers have been required 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 May 30. All road safety and vehicle compliance regulations still apply.