Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Illinois Farm Bureau
resolve intrastate vs. interstate transportation concerns
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[May 16, 2012]
-- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced
Thursday it will consider Illinois farmers hauling commodities in
most circumstances to be intrastate commerce, effectively resolving
months-long transportation concerns of Illinois farmers.
In a meeting with the Illinois Farm Bureau, the FMCSA staff
confirmed the agency would adopt a new policy, applicable only in
Illinois, that commercial motor vehicle transportation of
agricultural commodities from a farm to the first transfer point,
such as an elevator or livestock market, is transportation in
intrastate commerce and therefore not subject to registration as an
Under the new decision, farmers would not
longer be required to apply for a U.S. Department of Transportation
number for their trucks or pass a new-entrant safety audit to haul
commodities to a first point of delivery.
"We are extremely pleased with the FMCSA's ruling in this case,"
said Philip Nelson, president of the Illinois Farm Bureau. "This
ruling clarifies a number of provisions related to DOT and Unified
Carrier Registration regulations for farmers hauling their grain or
livestock commodities to markets within the state."
Anne Ferro, FMCSA administrator, and her staff toured Illinois
farms and agribusinesses last summer, providing Illinois farmers and
agribusiness the opportunity to voice their concerns surrounding the
agency's interstate vs. intrastate interpretation and allowing Ferro
and her staff a better understanding of Illinois agriculture, why
those interpretations were cumbersome for Illinois farmers, and how
agency resources could be put to better use.
"I want to thank the Illinois Farm Bureau for working with us and
for spending time with us last summer to help us really understand
farm transportation issues in Illinois, said Steven Mattioli,
Illinois division administrator for FMCSA.
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"We certainly appreciate the FMCSA and DOT officials' willingness
to listen to our concerns," Nelson said. "The more than 1,700
comments submitted to the FMCSA and the FMCSA's cooperation and
readiness to tour Illinois farms resulted in a favorable outcome for
The Illinois Farm Bureau is a
member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national
organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a
nonprofit, membership organization controlled by farmers who join
through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more
than 420,500, a voting membership of 82,973 and represents 2 out of
3 Illinois farmers.
[Text from file received from
Illinois Farm Bureau]