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Support the Agricultural Trucking Relief Act (H.R. 1673 / S. 2025)

For the horticultural industry, getting our products to market is no easy task.

While horticultural products are classified as agriculture when planted, qualify for and participate in agricultural labor programs for growth and harvest, are defined as agriculture for purposes of taxation, and are classified in other federal areas as agriculture-- when transported, ambiguous language in existing trucking regulations leaves their status uncertain.

Representative Austin Scott (R-GA) and Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) have recently introduced the Agricultural Trucking Relief Act of 2019 (H.R. 1673 / S. 2025). This bill amends current Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations to specifically include horticulture and floriculture in the “agricultural commodity” definition. This is a critical step for compliance with new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) and the Hours of Service (HOS) rules and regulations.

This bill is gaining momentum and already has bipartisan support — but we need your help to encourage even more Senators to support the bill.