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County hay producers report record season

Texas hay producers, including many in Ellis County, had a bumper crop year in 2007.
Local production for estimates show that Ellis County hay producers baled over 21 million dollars worth of hay. With this surplus, many producers may be planning on selling or shipping some of their excess hay stocks. If you are planning on shipping hay out of the area there are some regulations and guidelines you need to be aware of.
Currently there are 163 Texas counties, Ellis County included, that are quarantined for Imported Fire Ant (IFA). Under Texas Administrative Code, Title 4, Chapter 19, Subchapter J, hay from counties infested by IFA are prohibited from being moved into non-infested counties unless the hay has been stored on a concrete slab or heavy duty plastic and the premises where it was stored was kept free of IFA using appropriate bait treatments recommended by Texas AgriLife Extension Service’s imported fire ant research and management project’s Web site http://fireant.tamu.edu.
A list of quarantined counties is located online at www.tda.state.tx.us. Quarantined counties may also be determined by calling 1-800-TELL-TDA. Hay from non-infested counties can be certified based upon the county of hay origin. Prior to movement of hay from an infested county to a non-infested county in Texas, or another state, the hay producer or shipper must contact his or her local Texas Department of Agriculture office to have the hay inspected and to receive a phytosanitary certificate.
A list of quarantined articles is:
The red imported fire ant in any living state of development;
Soil, compost, decomposed manure, humus, muck, and peat, separately or with other things;
Plants with roots with soil attached;
Grass sod
Baled hay and baled straw stored in direct contact with the ground;
Logs, pulpwood, and stump wood; and
Used mechanized soil-moving equipment.
Any other products, articles, or means of conveyance of any character whatsoever, not covered by subsection (a) of this section, are quarantined articles when it is determined that they present a hazard of spread of red imported fire ants and the person in possession thereof has been so notified.
For more information about this quarantine program contact the Texas Department of Agriculture. For further information, contact Mark Arnold, County Extension Agent-Agriculture/Natural Resources, 701 South I-35 E, Suite 3, Waxahachie, or call 972/825-5175 or email: wmarnold@ag.tamu.edu
Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin. The Texas A & M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.

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