Iowa Crop Improvement Association began offering a certification program in 2006 to assure that forage and mulch is free of noxious weed seed. The program offered will comply with the Weed Free Forage Standards developed by the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA).
In other Midwestern states, this program has been used as an additional marketing opportunity for hay and straw producers. Potential markets Include contractors using straw for road construction erosion-control projects, customers seeking clean hay, and people needing certified hay for horses on visits to national parks.
The key steps in the ICIA program include:
Listed below is more information on the program. If you have questions or would like to discuss certification, please contact us.