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Weed control, management, ecology, and minutia
by Shawna Bautista
on April 20, 2012 at 8:51 AM
Excellent! A weed free forage program is not without its challenges, but it sure is a big step in the right direction. Congratulations.
by John Griffen
on January 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM
I see that the list of weed-free suppliers seems to be gone. Is there a supplier list currently available, or even access to the old list for contact purposes?  
John Griffen  
Division Forester, Jackson State Forest, CalFire
by Wendy West
on January 22, 2013 at 2:20 PM
Hi John -  
The list is available on the California Invasive Plant Council on the "Prevention Page' --- direct link is:
by kurt sorensen
on January 22, 2013 at 5:46 PM
I have tried ty weed free hay for the last 10 years. I haver not found any that is certified. I have inspected hay myself and brought to the Ag Dept.for certification. But a dealer. Forget it. I have tired the website for certified weed free hay in California, but the web page cannot be found. In Mono County I was given the names of growers in the areq with certied weed free hay. They all had abandoned the program. I obtained a list of weed free dealers in Oregon. Half were offering straw, which is not acceptable for good feed. Most of the others would require a 500 or more mile detour. Ant rest told me they no longer offered the product, This whole thing seems to be a feel good hoax.
by Karl Saarni
on July 14, 2013 at 1:27 PM
I concur 100% with Kurt's assessment: the only "forage" available with any certainty, and not having to drive 200 extra miles, is alfalfa cubes/pellets. For pack-in activity, that might be a solution. If you are simply horse camping, no-go. The only reason I can think of why hay farmers no longer participate in the marketing of certified "weed-free" forage is that it is too expensive and cumbersome to justify the market demand, which is small. The effect is for horse owner to choose not to go to those areas where certified weed-free forage is required, ie. Toyabe NF. This is not a good solution for horse-campers, but it's a great solution for the anti-horse crowd and weed-free advocates. Something is wrong with this picture.
by joel hortizuela
on October 30, 2013 at 6:55 AM
Hi. I work for the CA Dept of Transportation. We have an erosion control project to apply punched straw into a slope. I have heard that rice straw is more weed free than others but it is not good for punching or crimping into the soil. Can wheat or barely be weed free. Is there other weed free straw for this application? Thank you!
by Lorrie Bundy
on June 9, 2014 at 9:07 PM
I understand the concept but the execution is flawed. Rules without substance are ridiculous. This is a good example. For the hobby horse person who goes out of their way (literally 300 miles for Siskiyou County) to abide, there is great satisfaction that they are doing the right thing. But the market is not in place to support the effort for the masses. Imagine being told that you can only bring non-GMO power bars for a hike in public lands....and the only place to buy them is 150 miles away, one way....and shipping increases your cost.....and you live in an area that is the most productive makers of power bars, just not GMO free....would you really follow the rule? You can not make a rule like this and ignore the market. Please consult an economist to work out a solution where a market is created, the environment benefits, and the intended use is realized.  
And please fix the link for the listed vendors and keep the list updated. An outdated list hidden in another webpage provided in a comment response reinforces the idea that this is not a topic to take seriously.
by Hugh Yamshon
on June 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM
I have grown certified alfalfa hay for several years. Each field is checked by our county ag dept. If you would like more information e-mail me.  
by Nolan Montney
on September 7, 2014 at 3:04 PM
Need 50to100 bales of rice straw delivered to me in auburn ca  
How much?  
Nolan 916 601 8372
by Bobbi Simpson
on September 9, 2014 at 10:11 AM
There is an updated WFF and Mulch list at the following site:  
Rice vendors may be found primarily on the first list. Growers on the list usually have something like "Ranch" associated with the name.  
For those not able to find it locally, consider calling a local vendor and asking them if they would carry the product. They can review the list and find producers from which to order the material.  
Good luck~
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