Nebraska farmers and ranchers no longer need a commercial drivers license (CDL) to haul crops, livestock, or machinery.
Governor Pete Ricketts says agricultural producers can now apply for an exemption to federal rules on covered farm vehicles.
“What this will do is cut some of the regulatory red-tape that’s involved in our largest industry and allow our farmers and ranchers to be able to go about their business using common sense,” Ricketts tells Nebraska Radio Network.
The exemption also covers farm and ranch employees and family members of the owner or operator.
“It’s very different from long-haul truckers who crisscross our country on our highways and interstates,” Ricketts says. “This is really designed for ag producers who are just going down the road or across the road.”
John Schroeder, Nebraska Cattlemen Marketing Committee chair, agrees with the governor, and says this brings everybody within the letter of the law.
“Being able to do our business legally is very important to us. This really helps lay it out, black and white, and clear up a lot of those gray areas,” Schroeder says.
The Department of Motor Vehicles has the application, which does not have a processing fee.