Transport Quality Assurance

Transport Quality Assurance® (TQA®) is a program that helps pig transporters, producers and handlers understand how to handle, move and transport pigs as well as potential impacts on pig well-being and/or pork quality. Anyone who handles pigs, transports pigs, or sets protocols for handling pigs, can influence animal well-being and pork quality.


Structure & Productivity

State Rankings by Hogs and Pigs Inventory



Agricultural Exceptions and Exemptions to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates transportation in interstate commerce for vehicles weighing 10,001 or more pounds (i.e., any of the following: gross vehicle weight (GVW), gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), gross combination weight (GCW) or gross combination weight rating (GCWR)). Vehicles with a GVW, GVWR, GCW or GCWR of 26,001 pounds or more may require the driver to have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).


Agriculture Exemption Diagrams

The diagrams in this document illustrate, but do not modify, the guidance provided in the Federal Register Notice “Hours of Service of Drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles; Regulatory Guidance Concerning the Transportation of Agricultural Commodities,” 83 Fed. Reg. 26374 (June 7, 2018).