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Burgum grants service waiver for anhydrous ammonia, other fertilizers

A farmer seeds spring wheat and puts on anhydrous ammonia northwest of Regent, N.D., in 2013. Forum News Service file photo

BISMARCK - Due to the delayed spring planting, Gov. Doug Burgum on Wednesday, April 24, signed an executive order granting an hours of service waiver for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting anhydrous ammonia and other fertilizers.

Waiving the hours of service requirements will ensure that haulers can deliver greater volumes of fertilizer in shorter periods of time to meet producers’ needs, the governor's office said in a news release. State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring requested the waiver, which will remain in effect until May 31.

A late winter snowfall and extended cold weather has compressed the planting season and increased the demand for fertilizer.

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