Governor Kevin Stitt signed an executive order Tuesday, Oct. 11 temporarily waiving many load regulations for vehicles transporting hay into Oklahoma during the state’s historic drought.
The executive order expands the acceptable load width from 11 feet to 12 feet, allowing two 6-foot round bales to be loaded side-by-side. Load heights max out at 14 feet, and transport vehicles must be marked with an “oversize load” sign.
“Oklahoma Farm Bureau greatly appreciates the continued support from Gov. Stitt during this challenging time for Oklahoma farmers and ranchers,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “The intense drought during most of the 2022 growing season depleted many producers’ forage supply, forcing them to source and transport hay across state lines. This executive order will allow shipments of desperately needed livestock forage to take place as efficiently as possible while keeping safety as a top priority for all involved.”