Big Agri’s Fascist Assault on the Small Farmer Continues

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The family farmer is to be destroyed. That is obvious to anyone who reads this blog. The evil continues. Today we learn that there is a push to have the farmer—along with his wife and kids, and anyone else in his employ—obtain a commercial driver’s license in order to operate…get ready for this…the tractor. Not just that, but any form of motorized equipment, such as the simple and ubiquitous skid loader.

The proposed rule change would mean that anyone who drives a tractor or operates any piece of motorized farming equipment would be required to pass the same tests and complete the same detailed forms and logs required of semi-tractor trailer drivers.

Drivers would keep logs of information including hours worked and miles traveled. Vehicles would be required to display DOT numbers. A CDL in Virginia costs $64 for eight years, or $8 per year, not including the cost of an instructional class and the written test.

UPDATE: It looks like sanity has prevailed—for now.

8:14 am on August 12, 2011