North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Member Update:
Sept. 22, 2021
NDSA convention, ‘Getting it Done in ’21,’ begins today
The NDSA will host its 92nd Annual Convention & Trade Show, “Getting it Done in ’21,” today through Saturday at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. The event will include a mix of educational speakers, policy-development sessions, member recognitions and fun. Registration is available on site at the Holiday Inn for one day or the full convention. Discounted student registration fees are also available. To check out the full schedule of events, click here.
Burgum extends truck flexibilities to aid in drought
The North Dakota Stockmen's Association appreciates the announcement last night that Gov. Doug Burgum signed an executive order extending waivers for hours of service, weight, width and height restrictions and fees for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting hay, water and livestock to help North Dakota livestock producers affected by continuing drought conditions.
North Dakota livestock producers have been forced to find supplemental feed and water supplies out of state or have hauled livestock to areas where water and hay inventories are more plentiful, and increasing numbers of producers have sold off herds due to lack of feed and water supplies, Burgum noted in the order. “With drought conditions expected to continue through the fall across North Dakota, it’s critical that haulers be able to deliver livestock and supplemental water and feed in a timely fashion to help ranchers sustain their herds,” Burgum said.
The executive order will remain in effect for 30 days and applies to both intrastate and interstate carriers. The Governor’s Office, North Dakota Highway Patrol and North Dakota Department of Transportation worked with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to secure the waiver for interstate carriers.
All road safety and vehicle compliance regulations still apply. The executive order serves as a permit and must be carried in vehicles operating under the waiver. A copy of the order can be found here.