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GEAPS International Board of Directors has postponed GEAPS Exchange 2021 due to continuing concerns about COVID-19 and the upcoming flu season.  Originally scheduled for February of next year, the event will now take place at the Columbus Convention Center Aug. 6-9, 2021. Registration opens in May.

For more information, please click here for the GEAPS official announcement.

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.