June 15, 2012

Missouri's Hay Directory Available to Assist Livestock Producers Affected by Dry Conditions

Whether you are looking to purchase hay as a result of the recent dry conditions or want to sell hay, Missouri's Hay Directory just might be a good option for you. The directory connects buyers and sellers in Missouri and surrounding states through an online database that includes information about the hay available and its location. The Directory's easy-to-use search will allow users to choose counties in Missouri, hay and bale types, search through a list of hay locating services and contact sellers directly.

"We are dedicated to connecting Missouri farmers with the resources they need to move forward during this challenging period of dry weather," said Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler. "We continue to work with producers in every corner of our state to ensure that the Missouri Hay Directory remains an active forum for those buying and selling hay in our state, whether it's Certified Weed Free, high-protein alfalfa, organic or any of the many other varieties used by our producers."

Producers interested in listing their hay for sale should complete the form online at mda.mo.gov, including information about the type of hay, as well as the number of bales and their weight, for sale. Producers can email or mail the completed form to the Department of Agriculture.

The Directory currently includes more than 80 listings of hay for sale in Missouri, with individual offerings listing as many as 5,000 bales.

The Department's website also includes links to other hay directories and auctions, including the University of Missouri AgEBB Hay Market Listings, the Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma and USDA directories and the Dyersville, Fort Atkinson and Rock Valley auctions.

For more information about the Missouri Department of Agriculture and its programs, visit mda.mo.gov.