Governor’s order aims to help address fertilizer demand

BISMARCK, N.D.

Gov. Doug Burgum has temporarily loosened driving restrictions for truckers who haul anhydrous ammonia fertilizer.

Burgum says the executive order is needed because North Dakota farmers are facing a delayed spring planting season, which means they have a shorter time frame for seeding and fertilizing fields.

Cold, wet conditions in other parts of the Midwest also have compressed the planting season and increased demand for fertilizer.

Waiving hours-of-service restrictions enables truckers to haul greater amounts of fertilizer in shorter periods of time. Burgum’s order remains in effect through May.

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