Drought conditions, especially in the southwest portion of the state, have made many Virginia farmers turn to hay much earlier than usual to feed their livestock and some are seeking suppliers for this important commodity.

As a service to farmers across the state, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (VDACS) Virginia Market News Service publishes the Virginia Hay Clearing House newsletter to assist farmers who are interested in purchasing supplemental stocks of hay. The newsletter lists sources for Virginia hay and includes some out-of-state hay sources as well.

The newsletter is available through the VDACS Web site. Or you can write to Market News Service, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218. Buyers and sellers can request the newsletter 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-552-5521 and selecting option 6.

For additional information, please contact Virginia Market News Service at 1-804-786-3947.