Legal-Ease: Slow moving vehicle emblems

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

At this time of year in northwest Ohio, we can expect an increase in farm traffic. Slow Moving Vehicle emblems, or SMVs for short, are the most common identifiers for pieces of farm machinery. The SMV is a red-orange fluorescent triangle, and it was invented in 1961 by Ohio State Engineer Kenneth A. Harkness.

If it stops raining, farmers will harvest more wheat in the coming days. Some hay and straw baling may follow. Soon thereafter, traditional fall harvest will be upon us. A great deal of manure will also be transported from livestock buildings to neighboring farmland in the impending months.

In other words, everyone should expect increased farm traffic between now and when the snow returns in a few months.

Read more about Slow Moving Vehicle emblems in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Slow moving vehicle emblems

Source:, “Legal-Ease: Slow moving vehicle emblems,” by Lee R. Schroeder, July 11, 2015

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