Illinois farmers will be given additional latitude to harvest crops in an effective and efficient way during a declared harvest emergency, under legislation sponsored by State Sen. Neil Anderson (Andalusia) that was signed into law Friday, August 11.
“In the 36th Senate District, and throughout Illinois, agriculture is a vital industry and the backbone of our economy. House Bill 2580 is a common-sense measure that ensures farmers have the ability to harvest crops efficiently when the conditions are right,” said Anderson.
House Bill 2580/PA 100-0070 would allow a special permit to be issued by the Illinois Department of Transportation during a declared harvest emergency that would allow a truck transporting agricultural commodities like corn, soybeans and wheat to carry additional weight during the harvest emergency. A harvest emergency can be declared by the Governor for a variety reasons including weather conditions, and economic factors.
“Any time we can take common-sense action, and create laws like this that support our farmers and the agriculture industry as a whole, it’s a win for all of the people of Illinois,” said Anderson. “I’m glad we were able to get this bill passed this spring, and happy it has been signed into law, providing farmers with the tools they need to succeed.”