Trump gives area beet growers ‘big win’

New legislation passed by Congress Thursday will lift weight restrictions on beet trucks traveling from Oregon into Idaho. The new legislation is seen as an important win for the local beet industry. (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – Major federal legislation signed by President Donald Trump Friday includes help for local beet farmers by overturning a federal restriction on truck weights and sizes.

The new provision – part of a $1.3 billion spending package approved by Congress Thursday – allows heavier and longer trucks on 55 miles of in Malheur County.

The initiative was a bipartisan effort between Oregon and Idaho federal lawmakers. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, and Oregon Democratic senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined with Idaho Republican senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo to push the new legislation. The legislation puts area beet growers on a level . . .