Farm Bureau Warns Members To Read Fine Print

LANSING (AP) – The Michigan Farm Bureau is warning members to watch for a letter offering to bring farm trucks into compliance with federal rules for hauling commodities.

The Farm Bureau says the solicitation looks like it comes from a federal agency, but it requests a fee. Attorney Matt Smego says the disclaimers in the letter are in fine print and hard to see.

Smego says the letter offers to help with employee training and drug testing. But he notes that farm trucks are exempt from some federal regulations, and the state offers some of the same services at little or no cost.

Smego says the letter appears to be going to anyone who has applied for a U.S. Department of Transportation truck number since 2006.

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