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Farm equipment on state roads ok'd in Florida

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Oversized farm equipment can now travel state roads in Florida
Oversized farm equipment can now travel state roads in Florida

Farmers in Florida have helped to get a state law passed that will allow them to move farm equipment on state highways without a permit.

According to NorthEscambia.com, last year farmers in the Escambia area were issued citations for moving equipment that was over the designated width. This led many, with the help of the state and local farm bureaus, to try to get the law changed.

They finally succeeded and now farmers are permitted to move over-sized equipment on state roads within a 50-mile radius of their farm.

"Farm Bureau has been working hard for the past year on trying to solve this problem for farmers, and we could not have got the bill passed without the help of many Escambia and Santa Rosa County farmers," Allen Scheffer, Florida Farm Bureau field director told the website.

Farmers in Massachusetts were also able to change a state law that prohibited driving farm equipment on state roads for two miles. A provision to last year's farm bill now allows farmers to drive items like tractors on state roads for 10 miles.ADNFCR-2034-ID-19031180-ADNFCR

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