Governor Scott Walker signed Wisconsin’s Implements of Husbandry bill on Wednesday. The law clarifies the definition of implements used for agriculture and establishes a new class of agricultural commercial vehicles. It establishes new parameters for size and lighting for farm machinery traveling on roadways.
The legislation increases the maximum weight allowance on agricultural vehicles and implements to 92,000 pounds with no more than 23,000 pounds per axel. There is a provision to allow tillage, planting and harvesting equipment to exceed 23,000 pounds per axle weight, towns and counties can adopt a resolution or an ordinance to establish a local permitting process to issue no-fee permits for approved routes for that equipment. Wisconsin Farm Bureau president Jim Holte says; “It’s now up to farmers to talk with their local officials about how this law will be implemented in their town and county.”
Supporters of the new law, now known as Act 377, say it is a much-needed update to antiquated state laws which did not accommodate today’s larger farm machinery.