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Calhoun Co. FB, Marshall MSP post host ag transport workshop

MFB Legislative Counsel Andrew Vermeesch highlights updates to the Michigan Farmer’s Transportation Guide.
Date Posted: June 1, 2023

Calhoun County Farm Bureau members attended an agricultural transportation seminar April 14 at the Michigan State Police post in Marshall. Attendees received information regarding new updates for agriculture transportation and the new Michigan Farmer’s Transportation Guidebook, now available online and at the county Farm Bureau office. 

Tom Piepkow welcomed all and introduced Andrew Vermeesch, Michigan Farm Bureau legislative counsel, and MSP Officer Jonathan VanHoose. 

With regulations always changing it was nice to hear what’s new from an agricultural perspective, including distance and vehicle restrictions. 

Vermeesch reviewed some of the Transportation Guidebook contents, including:

  • CDL vs log plates
  • 150-mile farm-to-field restriction
  • Drivers’ license requirements
  • Seasonal weight restrictions
  • Non-through truck ordinances
  • 10% in-field loading weight variation
  • Scammers and solicitation
  • Cell phone bans

…and many more topics of interest and relevance to Michigan farmers. 

Officer VanHoose spoke to issues he and his fellow troopers look for, such as equipment weight, registration and bad road behavior like rolling stops. 

Pat Butler, chair of Calhoun County Farm Bureau’s policy development team, also asked for feedback on some relevant ag-related issues.

Andrew Vermeesch headshot

Andrew Vermeesch

Legislative Counsel
517-679-4778 [email protected]