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Hay Hotline Adds Provision for Fire-Related Forage Donations

 

HELENA, Mont. -- Ranchers who lost forage due to wildfires and individuals who wish to donate hay or temporary use of pasture land can now communicate those desires on the automated Hay Hotline administered by the Montana Department of Agriculture.

 

“Between the fires and the dry hot weather, we lost a lot of range land for livestock to graze. The Hay Hotline is a resource farmers and ranchers can use to donate hay or offer their pasture for grazing to those in need,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer.

 

The Hay Hotline was created during the early 2000s drought years and was recently automated to enable the use of home computers to connect forage buyers with sellers. Details can be found at: http://agr.mt.gov/Producer/HayHotline/. A wildfire-related category has been added to a dropdown box under "Select Forage Type" to enable donors to exchange contact and other information with people in desperate need of hay or pasture land.

 

Individuals who need assistance using the hotline can call the department at (406) 444-2402. Individuals wishing to communicate about other wildfire-related assistance should contact local authorities in the affected counties.

 
 

Contacts

 

Jana Mertens
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2402
E-mail: jmertens@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9442

 

Published: July 10, 2012 2:30:00 PM MDT.
Last Modified: July 10, 2012 2:35:58 PM MDT