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Weed Free Hay & Forage


There is a growing demand in North America for the use of certified weed seed free forage and mulch as a preventative program in Integrated Weed Management Systems to limit the spread of noxious weeds. The goal of this program is to provide a guideline to set minimum requirements for uniform participation of the various states in the program.

MCIA offers weed seed free hay & forage certification under the standards developed by the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA). These standards are designed to:

  • provide some assurance to all participants that forage certified through this program meets a minimum acceptable standard.
  • provide continuity between the various states in the program.
  • limit the spread of noxious weeds through forage and mulch.

How Do I Know I'm Buying Certified Forage?

After the field is inspected, the producer will receive a "Certificate of Inspection." When the forage is transported, you will receive a "Transit Certificate" from a representative in your state and/or the forage will carry a certification tag or colored twine.

Who Should Purchase and Promote Certified Forage?

  • Producers and consumers committed to weed management and keeping their land free of noxious weeds.
  • Forage buyers that transport forage products across county, state and national boundaries where restrictions are in effect.
  • Recreationists, hunters, sportspersons and outfitters using livestock on private, state or federal lands where restrictions are in effect.
  • Federal and state agencies feeding wildlife and livestock on private, state or federal lands and/or initiating revegetation projects.

 

 


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For additional information or to contact a representative of the MCIA, contact:

Missouri Crop Improvement Association
Richard Arnett,
Executive Director
3211 Lemone Industrial Blvd.
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 449-0586
FAX (573) 874-3193 moseed@aol.com

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