ILLINOIS MARKET NEWS SERVICE OFFERS FREE HAY DIRECTORY

10/22/2014 12:32

 

ILLINOIS MARKET NEWS SERVICE OFFERS FREE HAY DIRECTORY

Web-based tool brings together buyers and sellers in an online marketplace

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Whether buying or selling, the Illinois Department of Agriculture can help consumers who are in the market for hay. 

Since 2007, its Market News Service has offered an internet-based Hay Directory, an interactive website for buyers and sellers of hay and straw to post ads and fill their needs.  The directory is located on the department's website, www.agr.state.il.us, under "Consumers" at the top of the homepage. 

"The site contains leads to help producers find supplies of alfalfa, alfalfa-mixed and grass hay," Market News reporter Jerry Millburg said.  "Supplies of wheat straw also can be found on the hay directory, and even supplies of organic hay and straw."

The directory is free and easy to use.  Producers who have hay or straw to sell, for example, just need to click on the "List an Ad" button.  The site then will lead them through the process of creating an individualized ad that can be revised at any time. 

Buyers have the option of either responding directly to an ad posted on the site or creating a listing of their own announcing their intention to buy.

"This directory is a valuable resource, especially when hay is in short supply," Agriculture Director Bob Flider said.  "The directory gives producers a place to turn when they can't find a local supplier."

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