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On June 1, 2020, FMCSA revised the hours of service (HOS) regulations to provide greater flexibility for drivers without adversely affecting safety. Motor carriers are required to comply with the new HOS regulations starting on September 29, 2020, not before.

What is Changing?

1. Short-haul Exception

Expands the short-haul exception to 150 air-miles and allows a 14-hour work shift to take place as part of the exception.

2. Adverse Driving Conditions Exception

Expands the driving window during adverse driving conditions by up to an additional 2 hours.

3. 30-Minute Break Requirement

Requires a 30-minute break after 8 hours of driving time (instead of on-duty time) and allows an on-duty/not driving period to qualify as the required break.

4. Sleeper Berth Provision

Modifies the sleeper berth exception to allow a driver to meet the 10-hour minimum off-duty requirement by spending at least 7, rather than at least 8 hours of that period in the berth and a minimum off-duty period of at least 2 hours spent inside or outside the berth, provided the two periods total at least 10 hours, and that neither qualify period counts against the 14-hour driving window.

To learn more about the final rule, please visit: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-of-service

This week Degesch America, Inc, in conjunction with Grainnet and Feed Professionals hosted a web based training presentation focused on the prevention of Salmonella, E. coli, Campylobacter and other pathogenic bacteria that pose a risk to our food supply.

Juan M Hernandez Vieyra (Feed Professionals) provided us with terrific data highlighting the importance of protecting food supplies from these pathogens, and discussed the products and equipment available to help us accomplish this task.

If you missed this presentation don’t worry; you can view a recording of it here.

Please let us know if we can help you with your commodity protection efforts. We’re only a phone call or email away!

Degesch America and the entire Detia-Degesch Group (DDG) remains up and running providing essential services to protect the world’s food supply.


Pest pressure doesn’t let up, especially while we’re experiencing the effects of this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It becomes even more apparent the battle will be ongoing for years to come, with response and recovery efforts needed on multiple fronts.


Rest assured, we will continue to extend our stored product pest control expertise to the industry through our product stewardship programs, provided at no charge.


As a global service provider through our network of companies and DDG affiliates we’re available around the world to assist you. Whether it’s through service, product sales or consultation we are here to help.

Dear Valued Partners:

The impact of COVID-19 on the United States is difficult to predict and will be uncertain for the foreseeable future. Out of an abundance of caution, and to ensure business continuity, Degesch America, Inc. has taken numerous  actions to prepare employees and business units to remain healthy and safe.

Currently, we have ample inventory and our supply chain has not been adversely disrupted. We remain in close communication with our suppliers and receive regular updates. We will pass along any possible adverse supply chain impacts to you as they are received.

Degesch America, Inc. understands industry precautionary measures may impact the way we interact over the coming months. We remain committed to ensuring the health of our employees, customers and business partners and the continuance of our products and services.

In a MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE dated March 19, 2020, the US Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency stated:

“If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”

The memorandum further states that:

The attached list identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are essential to continued critical infrastructure viability, including … food and agriculture, transportation and logistics…”

To view the memorandum in its entirety, click here. 

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has been instrumental in working to ensure that all state and local agencies include pest control services in any list of essential businesses that will be allowed to continue normal operational schedules.  During a March 20, 2020 webinar viewable here, https://www.pestcontrolcoronavirus.com/,  NPMA provided guidance for pest control operators during these difficult times.

“NPMA is doing its best to track shelter in place orders.  Click here to view a document that shows which localities have imposed a shelter in place order and also, which states, localities and agencies we have reached out to.”

Degesch America, Inc. is committed to help ensure the quality and viability of the world’s food supply and we will continue to provide the high level of quality and service you have come to expect.