Agriculture Press Release

June 25, 1998

States Are Responding to Crawfords Plea For Hay Supplies

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford says states are responding to a plea for hay for Florida livestock producers impacted by the drought. North and South Carolina have already identified hay suppliers in their area and the Department has also heard from states as far away as New York, Nebraska and Missouri. More states are expected to follow suit.

Commissioner Crawford contacted agriculture commissioners in other states on June 22 to make them aware of the need for hay in Florida now and in the coming months. The Department is also asking for donations of hay for farmers hard hit by the drought. The weather has reduced hay production in Florida and livestock producers are being forced to deplete their existing supplies because pastureland has dried up.

Crawford is also putting the hay supply information provided by other states on the Departments Internet web site at www.fl-ag.com/hay.

"This web site will provide livestock producers with instant information about hay supplies," Crawford said. "Given the seriousness of the problem, we want to use any and all avenues available to get the information out quickly."

Those who want to make hay available or need information about current sources of hay can also call the Department at (850) 488-7079.


For More Information:

Liz Compton
(850) 488-3022

Joe Kight
(850) 488-7079

Hay Urgently Needed in Florida

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