A free Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) database will connect hay and forage buyers and sellers, reminds Greg Ibach, NDA director.
Sellers can call and list hay, pasture or other forage using the Hay and Forage Hotline at 800-422-6692. Those wanting to buy hay or other forage can access the list online at www.agr.ne.gov or they can request copies by calling NDA. The list is free and is updated regularly.
“As the drought continues, forage resources are increasingly in need across Nebraska,” Ibach says. “I encourage anyone with hay for sale or pasture for lease to call our hotline and become a part of the free listing. You do not need to be from Nebraska to list available forage resources with NDA.”
All types of forage can be listed on the site, including cornstalks for grazing, Ibach says.
Once potential buyers make contact with sellers through the listing, they can negotiate transactions. NDA won’t participate in the transaction process, and it won’t endorse any of the hay or forage being sold, Ibach cautions.
Producers also have other potential options, he says, including:
• Roadside haying options have been expanded by the harvest start date being moved up in certain cases. Anyone interested in roadside haying should contact the Nebraska Department of Roads.
• USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has made available emergency grazing and haying on Conservation Reserve Program acres in qualified counties. Anyone interested must first contact the local FSA office. A map of approved counties can be found on the Nebraska FSA Web site.
• Drought resources on livestock forage and feeding, among other issues, are available on the NDA Web site under “Drought Information and Hay Hotline.”