So many things in the world today have been disrupting our food systems. We have war in Ukraine, labor shortages, inflation, and foreign animal diseases such as bird flu that have been taking a toll on our food systems.

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To help alleviate the pressure, Governor Kim Reynolds signed a planting proclamation that would lessen some transportation requirements as we get into planting season.

Unprecedented economic and foreign policy challenges have disrupted the food supply chain and worsened the inflation we are seeing across the country

The proclamation would ease up weight limits and service hour requirements for the transportation of crop inputs for the planting season.

Iowa farmers stand ready to answer the call, as they have always done. This Proclamation is intended to help our farmers meet this global challenge by providing regulatory relief for the transportation of crop inputs necessary for a timely and successful planting season.

What this means is that vehicles that are transporting corn, soybean, other agricultural seeds, water, herbicide, pesticide, manure, gasoline, diesel, ethanol, and biodiesel to be overweight without a permit.

However, there will be a limit of 90,000 pounds of gross weight, drivers cannot exceed the maximum axle weight determined in Iowa Code § 321.463 (6) (b) by more than 12.5 percent, weight cannot exceed the legal maximum axle weight limit of 20,000 pounds, and comply with posted limits on roads and bridges,

The proclamation is currently in place and will continue until May 11, 2022. It applies to all highways in Iowa excluding the interstate system.

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