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The regulations on trucking can be very specific and restrictive. Recent proposed changes to the hours of service by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration could introduce some added flexibility for drivers, but they don’t cover all the needs specific to livestock haulers.

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) recently sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack addressing supply chain issues facing farmers and ranchers.

“Supplies of farm inputs like crop protectants, fertilizers and seeds have been difficult to obtain and expensive to purchase,” wrote AFBF President Zippy Duvall.

“Highway transportation of farm products and supplies is more expensive and less available today than pre-pandemic levels, and timely maritime transport of value-added agricultural exports is frustrated, at best.”

AFBF asks the USDA to address livestock markets and processing capacity; farm input costs and availability; transportation flexibility; rail competition; port backlogs; agricultural labor shortage; and trade, among the recommendations in the letter.

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