Extension Ag Update
January/February 2007
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Weed Free Forage and Mulch Demand Rising

Illinois Crop will again offer the North American Weed Managers Association (NAWMA) weed free certification program in 2007. The impetus for weed free products is natural resource management and government requirements designed to protect public and private land from invasive weed species. Illinois Crop has been contacted by buyers regarding weed free forage and mulch, indicating an opportunity for Illinois growers. Illinois currently has three forage producers and no mulch producers. The expanding interest in this market can be seen in both growers and consumers. Illinois Crop would like to bring potential growers and potential consumers together to expand the production and sale of weed free products. Please contact Doug Miller, 217-259-4053, dmiller@ilcrop.com or Dave Rambow, drambow@ilcrop.com if you are interested in producing or purchasing certified weed free products.