Current Beef Issues

ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICES (ELDs)

According to the FMCSA, Livestock (as defined in 49 CFR 395.2) and insect haulers are not required to comply with the ELD rule for the duration of the FY 2018 appropriations bill (September 30, 2018), and any subsequent continuing resolutions. Read More

THIS DOCUMENT IS TO BE KEPT IN YOUR TRUCK TO PROVIDE PROOF OF YOUR 
EXEMPTION FROM THE ELD MANDATE UNTIL JUNE 18, 2018. PLEASE PRINT FOR YOUR USE.

Terms and Conditions of the Waiver:

(1) Duration of the waiver. This waiver is applicable March 18, 2018 through June 18, 2018.

(2) Motor carriers transporting agricultural commodities under the provisions of 49 CFR

395.l(k)(l), are exempt from the ELD requirements in 49 CFR 395.8(a) during the period of this waiver, regardless of the distance traveled.

(3) Carriers operating under this waiver must comply with all other applicable requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (49 CFR parts 390 through 399), including the preparation of records of duty status (RODS) for operations which are currently considered to be subject to the HOS rules and the record retention requirements associated with those RODs and supporting documents.

(4) Motor carriers operating under this waiver must have a "satisfactory" safety rating from FMCSA or be unrated; motor carriers with "conditional" or "unsatisfactory" safety ratings are prohibited from taking advantage of the waiver.

(5) Drivers operating under this waiver must carry a copy of this Federal Register notification and present it to motor carrier safety enforcement officials upon request.


WOTUS

Take Action Now to Kill the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule - August 3

Act NOW to Kill WOTUS

 The comment period for the EPA's proposal to withdraw the 2015 WOTUS rule has been extended. The deadline for comments is September 27, so please comment now!

Step 1 - Go to: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203-0001

Step 2- Copy and paste (or modify) the following sample comments:

I am writing to support the proposal to repeal the 2015 "Waters of the U.S." rule.

As a cattle producer, I strongly support this effort. Water is important to me and my family farming operation. I am glad that you recognize the flaws of the current WOTUS rule. It is overly broad and creates heavy burdens and costs, legal risk and tremendous uncertainty for farmers, ranchers and others, like me, who depend on the land. Under the 2015 rule, farmers, ranchers and other landowners across the country face new roadblocks to ordinary land-use activities.

I applaud EPA for taking this important first step toward developing a new definition of waters of the United States that will protect water quality while also promoting economic growth, minimizing regulatory uncertainty, and respecting the proper roles of Congress and the states under the Constitution. 

The WOTUS rule has never been implemented because it was stayed by both a federal district court and a federal court of appeals due to its flaws and violations. Challengers raised numerous substantive and procedural defects in the rule, including that the rule exceeds EPA's statutory authority, imposes burdensome regulatory uncertainty, was finalized in violation of mandatory procedural requirements designed to ensure a well-informed result, and is otherwise unlawful. In all, the rule was challenged in multiple courts by all sides (31 states and 53 non-state parties, including environmental groups, state and local governments, farmers, landowners, developers, businesses, and recreation groups). 

The EPA should move forward and ditch this rule once and for all, then go back to the drawing board and write a new rule that protects water quality without trampling the rights of landowners, businesses, and the states.


Sincerely,

[Add your name here.]

Ohio Cattlemen's Association

Find your elected officials and act now!


CAUV

CAUV Call to Action - June 14, 2017

Act NOW to protect CAUV!

CAUV reform has remained in the Ohio Senate's latest version of the state budget bill and now is the time for Cattlemen to push this reform forward. Please contact your state senator by June 20 and tell them:

  • Thank you for your leadership and for recognizing the importance of CAUV
  • I need you to support CAUV reform in the budget bill.

The budget process will continue through June 30, including further consideration by the Ohio House and Senate and finally to the Governor for signature. 

Make no mistake, ongoing efforts have helped to make this budget language possible. It is critical for your senators to know they have the support of their constituents as organizations such as the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, the Ohio School Boards Association, Buckeye Association of School Administrators and the Ohio County Auditor's Association are working to oppose these CAUV reforms in the budget.

In response to CAUV reform efforts, the Ohio Senate has maintained the following CAUV language:

  • Places year-round conservation lands at the minimum value.
  • Changes the equity rate in the formula to be connected to the USDA farm equity rate, and does not allow it to fall below the debt interest rate.

In addition, the Senate language takes effect as counties are re-evaluated so that all reforms will be complete within three years. The CAUV language in the budget can be found here. Once open, the CAUV sections are on pages 2911, 2916, and 2917. 

Visit ohiocattle.org to find your elected officals and act now!

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