Iowa farmers urged to update hay, straw directory
DES MOINES, Iowa -- 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 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 Department's 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" under the directories tab.
Those without internet access may call the Hay/Straw Hotline at 800-383-5079.
The Department also supports 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 information, contact the Iowa Crop Improvement Association at (515) 294-6921 or visit www.iowacrop.org/Forage_Mulch.htm.