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Angie Peltier
Former Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture

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Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.
Red imported fire ants (Image: Scott Bauer, USDA Agricultural Research Service,

Moving baled hay from areas under quarantine for imported fire ant

Posted by Angie Peltier - Hay Insects

With 2012 drought in the Midwest, livestock producers may be looking to purchase baled hay from out of state. The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has recently released an Industry Alert Press Release that reminds people about fire ants quarantine areas and associated laws. As of December 2011, there were 14 states in the contiguous U.S. with one or more counties included in the quarantine. The movement of regulated items (including baled hay) from inside to outside quarantine areas is restricted.

If you are planning on purchasing hay from one of the quarantine areas, it might be a good idea to read a longer APHIS fact sheet or the shorter Industry Alert Press Release.

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