When President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill last week, it also passed an extension on the electronic logging device (ELD) implementation for livestock haulers. The bill passed on March 23 included a mandate for livestock and insect haulers to have a delay until Sept. 30, 2018.
The bill also provides solutions for several priority issues for which the National Pork Producers Council and other agriculture groups have persistently worked for adoption. It includes a Section 199A fix to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that will restore free-market competition and ensure a level playing field for U.S. grain markets. Currently, Section 199A grants farmers a larger tax deduction if they sell their agricultural products to cooperatives, leaving independently-owned buyers at a disadvantage. The spending bill also provides a permanent exemption for farmers from reporting air emissions from manure under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act (CERCLA).
Livestock ELD Waiver Extended to Sept. 30 with Spending Bill