The Iowa Department of Agriculture is encouraging Iowa hay and straw producers to register 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.
"This directory has proven to be a valuable asset to both buyers and sellers of hay and straw in Iowa," says Bill Northey, Iowa secretary of agriculture. "For 34 years now, this directory has helped buyers locate Iowa growers that can possibly meet their hay and straw needs."
The listing is available to interested buyers throughout the nation, however only sellers from within Iowa are 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."
If you're interested in buying or selling, contact Iowa Department of Ag
Farmers interested in listing their hay or straw should visit the ag department's website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov. An application form can be found by going to the "Bureaus" link and then selecting "Agricultural Marketing." Then click on "Hay & Straw Directory" link at the bottom of the page.
For those people without Internet access, they can call the Hay/Straw Hotline at 800-383-5079. The state ag department will then fax or mail a printed copy of the application to be filled out.
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 Iowa Crop Improvement Association at 515-294-6921. More information can also be found by visiting www.agron.iastate.edu/icia.