Iowa hay and straw producers are encouraged to register on the Iowa Hay and Straw Directory. The directory, put together by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, lists Iowa producers who have hay and straw for sale, as well as organizations and businesses associated with promoting and marketing quality hay and straw.
"With most of this year's first cutting done, I encourage Iowans looking to buy or sell hay to take advantage of this free directory," says Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. "This directory helps potential 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.
Only Iowa sellers are included on the listing
Names are gathered throughout the year and put on the list throughout the year. There's added emphasis now that hay harvest is underway for 2009. 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 department's Web site 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 department of agriculture will fax or send you a printed copy of the application to be filled out.
Certified weed-free forage program available
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 hay 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.