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Northey Encourages Farmers To Update Info.
DES MOINES -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today encouraged Iowa hay and straw producers 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 farmers and we are hope both buyers and sellers will take the time to review and update their information so that it remains a valuable resource, Northey said. With the continued tight supply of forage crops, this directory can serve as a critical link for buyers and sellers.
The listing is available to interested buyers 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 Departments website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov. An application form can be found by going to the Bureaus link and then selecting Agricultural Diversification and Market Development. Then click on Hay & Straw Directory on the right side of the page under Directories.
For those without internet access, please call the Hay/Straw Hotline at 800-383-5079. The Department will fax or send a printed copy of the application to be filled out.
The Department is also supporting the Iowa Crop Improvement Associations 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.iowacrop.org/Forage_Mulch.htm