LINCOLN, NE (March 13, 2018) – Nebraska Cattlemen is pleased to announce that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate exemption for ag haulers by an additional 90 days. This delays the compliance date until June 18, 2018 for drivers hauling agricultural products, including livestock.
The impending ELD mandate and underlying hours of service have caused a great deal of consternation among Nebraska’s cattle industry. On February 13, 2018, Nebraska Cattlemen met with FMCSA in Senator Deb Fischer’s D.C. office to discuss the need for increased flexibility to account for the uniqueness of livestock hauling.
Nebraska plays an integral role in the beef production chain, which includes diversified farms and ranches that span the entire United States. Beef cattle are born and raised in every state in the country; however, the vast majority of feed yards and processing facilities are located in the Midwest and Great Plains. As a result, almost all beef cattle are shipped much farther than 150 miles from the farm or ranch where they originated.
Hauling livestock is very different than hauling any other commodity. Nebraska Cattlemen will continue to work with FMCSA and Congress to develop livestock specific solutions to the underlying hours of service concerns while still maintaining safety of our roads.
Nebraska Cattlemen will also be hosting an exclusive webinar on ELD compliance for members on March 20, 2018. Please check www.nebraskacattlemen.org for more details on how to register.