AGRIBUSINESS: Governor Branstad Approved Emergency Declaration

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After a late harvest, some parts of Iowa are still in need of propane.

Governor Branstad approved a state of emergency declaration Thursday, suspending the regulatory provisions of commercial vehicle drivers transporting propane.

The suspended provision said drivers cannot drive more than 12-hours in a 24-hour period and 70-hours over a week.  The suspension allows a driver to be off duty for 34 consecutive hours to restart his on-duty status.

The suspension comes as a result of greater demand for heat combined with the propane shortage during harvest earlier in the year.

Governor Branstad announced a similar disaster declaration for that shortage back in October, which expired in November.