Meetings on Implement of Husbandry (IOH) Law August 22 in Adams County and August 25 in Green Lake County

Contact: Ken Williams, 920-787-0416, ken.williams@ces.uwex.edu

Farmers, agriculturists and local town and law enforcement 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 and Wisconsin Farm Bureau are hosting a presentation about these changes on Friday Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Adams County Community Center, 569 North Cedar Street, Adams WI and on Monday, Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Training Room at the Green Lake County Government Center, 571 County Rd A, Green Lake WI.

The Wisconsin legislation that was signed into law in April 2014 as Wisconsin Act 377, updates the definition of implements of husbandry (IOH), creates a definition for an agricultural commercial motor vehicle (Ag CMV), 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 Ken Williams, UW-Extension Waushara County Agriculture Agent.

Presenters will include Cheryl Skjolaas, UW-Extension agricultural safety specialist, Rob Richard, Senior Director of Governmental Relations with Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Lt. Michael Klingenberg, Wisconsin State Patrol and Mike Koles, Wisconsin Towns Association. These speakers will discuss how these new laws and practices will affect the agriculture industry and how these new laws and practices will be enforced. Other possible speakers may include members of the IoH Study Group Education and Outreach Committee. Some speakers may be at one but not both meetings.

Registration is not required for either meeting. Refreshments and materials will be provided. For more information contact Ken Williams at 920-787-0416, ken.williams@ces.uwex.edu

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