Minnesota extends help for livestock transportation amid ongoing drought
The drought is causing Minnesota livestock producers to look for feed from farther and farther away.
MOORHEAD — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is extending an executive order to make transportation for livestock, feed and water carriers more efficient for the second time.
About 50% of Minnesota is in a severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and 23% is considered to be in extreme drought.
The executive order waives several regulations on hours of service for drivers, meaning trucks can operate longer.
The increased demand is racking up road time for some truckers, said Allison VanDerWal, executive director for the Minnesota State Cattleman's Association.
She said forage is coming from much farther away than producers are used to.
"We have a lot more hay being shipped (to) individuals that are having to wait a little while in line at sale barns and things like that. So, things are just getting a little backed up," VanDerWal said.
Executive Order 21-32, signed by Walz on Monday, Oct. 4, is effective immediately and remains in effect for 30 days.