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Updates to the Implements of Husbandry law clarify the definitions of farm machinery and size parameters.
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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker approved updates to a law on April 23 that define farm machinery and legalize the operation of the equipment on public roads. The act, known as Wisconsin Act 377, gives farmers the opportunity to operate their equipment legally and safely on roadways throughout Wisconsin.
In addition, the updates also establish the height, width, length and weight of farm equipment that qualifies for use on public roads. A no-fee permitting system has also been put into place for farmers.
“We applaud Governor Scott Walker and the state legislature for their efforts,” said Jim Holte, president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. “It’s now up to farmers to talk with their local officials about how this law will be implemented in their town and county.”
The Wisconsin Act 377 updates increase weight limits by 15 percent with maximum axle weight limits of 23,000 pounds and total gross vehicle weight of 92,000 pounds.
“The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is very proud that the farming community was able to forge an agreement with town and county officials on this legislation in a bipartisan manner,” Holte continued.
Individuals who want to register their vehicles as Implements of Husbandry and receive permits can visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website. Additional information on Wisconsin Act 377 can be found on the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation website.