Fire-Ant Quarantine Still in Effect Despite Hay Shortage

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Hay is in short supply because of an extreme drought in part of the nation's Southeast, but some Arkansas growers are limited in where they can send their hay because of a federal fire-ant quarantine.

A freeze late last spring also helped bring on the shortage.

The state Plant Board says a shipment of Arkansas hay also carried fire ants and arrived in a non-infested destination.  So the board is reminding hay growers in the 31 infested counties that they are limited in where they can ship.

Other products, such as sod and nursery stock, can be treated and certified free of fire ants.  No similar program is in place for hay.

The Plant Board issued a reminder to growers of the quarantine.  Violations can result in stiff fines.

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