Secretary Naig Thanks Gov. Reynolds for Continuing to Support Rural Communities during the State’s Propane Shortage

DES MOINES, Iowa (Nov. 15, 2019) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig issued the following statement in response to Gov. Reynolds signing an emergency proclamation to assist the transportation industry during the state’s ongoing propane shortage. The proclamation waives the oversize and overweight transportation requirements for commercial trucks hauling propane and anhydrous. The emergency proclamation goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 and expires at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2019.

“Thank you, Gov. Reynolds, for continuing to work alongside our department, the agriculture community and propane suppliers to identify solutions to help alleviate the ongoing supply challenges around the state,” said Secretary Naig. “We’ll continue to work with state and federal partners to monitor the situation and try to help resolve the propane delivery challenges that are affecting our rural communities.”

This is the second time Gov. Reynolds has signed an Emergency Executive Order to assist with the supply challenges resulting from increased seasonal propane demands. On Nov. 1, Gov. Reynolds exempted drivers of commercial motor vehicles delivering propane from the hours of service requirements outlined in Iowa Code. That proclamation runs through 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30.

The average retail propane price in Iowa is currently $1.38, up $0.14 from last week. The average retail propane price was $1.34 in November 2018 and $1.43 in November 2017.

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About the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Led by Secretary Mike Naig, the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship serves the rural and urban residents that call Iowa home. Through its 12 diverse bureaus, the Department ensures animal health, food safety and consumer protection. It also promotes conservation efforts to preserve our land for the next generation. Learn more at iowaagriculture.gov.

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