- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska farmers and ranchers will have more freedom to move equipment around their operations using a new state vehicle designation.

Gov. Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Cattlemen said Friday that the new designation will allow producers to do so without having to obtain a commercial driver’s license.

Vehicles that may qualify include trucks, hay grinders and manure spreaders.

Ricketts says the covered farm vehicle designation cuts red tape for agriculture, the state’s largest industry.

The covered farm vehicle designation was placed in federal law in 2012 and made possible in Nebraska through a state law in 2014.

Residents can contact the Nebraska State Patrol’s Carrier Enforcement Division at 402-471-0105 with questions about whether their vehicles qualify for the covered farm vehicle designation.

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