A couple of states have recently studied the impact of farm equipment on local roads and bridges. In Wisconsin, the study group made legislative recommendations that have been before the Legislature for two sessions. Nebraska is also in an early stage of holding hearings on the impact of equipment on bridges.
AEM participates in the study activities and encourages constituent member companies to also be actively engaged. While the studies and legislation have been limited, there is a possibility that other states will seek similar actions and/or model after a new bill.
AEM supports the need to make investment in rural roads and bridges. AEM seeks to educate policymakers on the safe use and movement of equipment and to work with customers to ensure that equipment is moved safely and efficiently to meet the demands of planting and harvesting.