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List provides information for both buyers and sellers of Iowa-produced hay and straw.

June 20, 2017

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MARKETING HAY: Hay crops in many ways are a unique crop to market. Demand for hay in winter is closely tied to the past summer’s production. The Iowa Hay and Straw Directory is a listing service providing information for buyers as well as sellers of Iowa forages.

Iowa hay and straw producers are encouraged to register or update their listing on the Iowa Hay and Straw Directory. The directory lists Iowa producers with hay and straw for sale, as well as organizations and businesses associated with promoting and marketing quality hay and straw.

“The directory has been a great tool for both buyers and sellers, and we hope farmers will take the time to review and update their information so that the directory remains a valuable resource,” says Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. “This directory can serve as a critical link for people who are producing hay and also for those looking to buy. We encourage Iowans to take advantage of this free directory.”

Are you interested in listing hay or straw?
This listing service is available to interested buyers of hay and straw throughout the nation; however, only sellers from within Iowa can be included on the list. Names are gathered throughout the year with added emphasis now that hay harvest has started. Sections within the Hay and Straw Directory include “Forage for Sale,” “Forage auctions,” “Hay associations,” “Forage dealers,” “Hay grinders” and “Custom balers.”

Farmers interested in listing should visit the ag department’s website. An application form can be found by going to the “Bureaus” link and then selecting “Ag Diversification and Market Development.” Then click on “Hay & Straw Directory” on the right side of the page under “Directories.”

People without Internet access can call the Hay/Straw Hotline at 800-383-5079. The state ag department will fax or send a printed copy of the application to be filled out.

Forage can be certified free of noxious weed seed
The department is also supporting the Iowa Crop Improvement Association’s “Iowa Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage and Mulch Certification Program.” Through this program, Iowa forage and mulch producers can take advantage of many emerging market opportunities for “Certified Weed Free” products. For more specific information on this program, producers should contact the ICIA at 515-294-6921. More information can also be found by visiting the Iowa Crop Improvement Association.

Source: Iowa Department of Agriculture


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