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Published August 17, 2011, 10:43 AM

SD governor suspends oversize truck permits for hay

PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Dennis Daugaard says South Dakota truckers will temporarily be allowed to haul hay bales to other states without getting the state permits normally needed for oversize vehicles.

PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Dennis Daugaard says South Dakota truckers will temporarily be allowed to haul hay bales to other states without getting the state permits normally needed for oversize vehicles.

Daugaard has signed an executive order suspending the need for oversize vehicle permits until Oct. 26 for trucks hauling hay to other states.

Many southwestern states are short of livestock feed because of extremely dry weather. State officials say the suspension of the oversize truck permit will help truckers and South Dakota producers get hay to those drought-stricken areas.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples says South Dakota's move to ease trucking restrictions will help Texas ranchers who are in desperate need of forage for their cattle.

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