Kansas is making it easier for a farmer to use his regularly registered vehicles for agricultural operations, while still giving him regulatory exemptions he enjoys on vehicles registered only for farm use.
That is because after July 1 Kansas will offer an expanded definition of "covered farm vehicles" that brings the state in compliance with federal law.
The change allows farmers to use regularly registered vehicles to transport agricultural commodities, livestock, machinery or supplies within 150 miles from their house. Under the expanded definition, those vehicles would still be exempt from motor vehicle safety regulations requiring a commercial driver's license, logbooks, drug testing or medical qualifications.
The Kansas Department of Revenue website has a form farmers can fill out and keep in the vehicle.