Gov. Tim Walz has issued an emergency executive order granting a temporary exemption from hours of service requirements for commercial vehicle drivers delivering anhydrous ammonia or other fertilizers to Minnesota farmers.
In the executive order, Walz credited February/March major snow events, along with flooding and a wet spring, for delaying planting across the state. With the shortened spring planting season, fertilizer retailers are experiencing increased demand. The exemption will help drivers now traveling longer distances to farmers during the shorter window for planting.
The executive order went into effect on May 10, and will remain in effect for 30 days or until direct assistance has ended.