OLYMPIA -- Washington's farmers will be able to transport manure without worrying about getting stopped by law enforcement, under a bill signed into law by Gov. Chris Gregoire.
The bill signed Wednesday adds animal manure and animal manure compost to the list of agricultural products farm operators can haul to and from their property without a special commercial driver's license.
Supporters said farmers have been pulled over and cited by police for transporting manure to customers. They say the use of manure compost should be encouraged because it reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.
Washington is home to around 39,000 farms and a $38 billion food and agriculture industry.