Farmers, agriculturists and local town officials are invited to attend a seminar to discuss recently enacted Wisconsin legislation that updates state laws regarding farm machinery operating on Wisconsin roadways. The University of Wisconsin-Extension Rusk County and Rusk and Sawyer County Farm Bureau are hosting a presentation about these changes on Monday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Rusk County Community Library, 418 Corbett Avenue W., Ladysmith.
The Wisconsin legislation that was signed into law in April 2014 as Wisconsin Act 377, updates the definition of implements of husbandry creates a definition for an agricultural commercial motor vehicle, provides an additional weight allowance from a maximum single axle weight of 20,000 pounds to 23,000 and increases the maximum gross vehicle weight from 80,000 to 92,000 pounds. Other components of the law address length and width limits, safety concerns including lighting and marking, and clarifies rules of the road.
Farmers and large equipment operators will be required to secure a No-Fee permit for overweight and over length IoH or Ag CMV from their local town, county or state unit of government, depending on the roads the equipment will be operated on.
"Safety is important and this recently signed Wisconsin legislation takes everyone's needs into consideration," said Rich Toebe, UW-Extension Rusk County agriculture agent.
Presenters will include Cheryl Skjolaas, UW-Extension agricultural safety specialist, Paul Zimmerman, executive director of governmental relations with Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, and Lt. Michael Klingenberg, Wisconsin State Patrol. These three speakers will discuss how these new laws and practices will affect the agriculture industry and how these new laws and practices will be enforced.