Tractor rides on the asphalt road in the sunlight

Statement from NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler on waiving of motor vehicle regulations to help farmers

RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler has officially recommended to Gov. Roy Cooper that agricultural transportation waivers be implemented for the movement of livestock and agricultural products, paving the way for farmers to work ahead of the impending approach of Potential Tropical Cyclone 16. The agricultural transportation waivers do not require Council of State concurrence but will allow our farmers to prepare for possible flooding and wind damage from this storm to their crops and farming operations. The orders also will help ensure that livestock, poultry and feed can be moved as necessary.

“As we saw with Hurricane Idalia a few weeks ago, waiving motor vehicle regulations helps our farmers when big storms like this one arrive,” Troxler said. “Our farmers and agricultural community need this opportunity to move materials quickly and get back to normal operations soon after the storm. I appreciate Governor Cooper’s support on this priority.”

 “We are monitoring the situation closely and are working proactively because our farmers still have a number of crops in fields. We urge everyone to take this situation seriously and take precautions as the storm moves toward North Carolina.”