Recently introduced legislation would give farmers and ranchers more flexibility when transporting live animals and perishable goods. Specifically, the Responsible and Efficient Agriculture Destination (TREAD) Act (H.R. 4919) would allow drivers hauling live animals and agricultural commodities to finish their routes if they are within 150 air miles of their destination.
Building on the current exemption for the beginning of hauls at the “source,” the measure provides a 150 air-mile exemption from hours-of-service regulations on the back end of hauls for agricultural commodities. In addition, the TREAD Act allows this exemption to be utilized year-round, rather than only during planting and harvesting seasons.
“Farmers and ranchers need safe and humane transportation for the animals and goods they raise,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.
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