Attention: Hay, Straw, & Pine Needle Producers

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Hay bales

Do you produce any kind of hay or straw and ship it out of your county or the state?
Bales of straw and hay, including pine straw, are articles regulated by the State and Federal governments because of the risk they pose of spreading Red Imported Fire Ants (RIFA). The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) has quarantined partially, or in full, 75 out of 100 counties in North Carolina due to the presence of RIFA in cooperation with the USDA’s federal quarantine.

To see if you are in a quarantined NC area, visit the following webpage:

Imported Fire Ant Quarantine Area

To see the Federal IFA Quarantine Map, visit this webpage:

Federal IFA Quarantine Map

Shipping hay or straw out of a quarantined area without a compliance agreement into a non-quarantined county or state is in violation of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) federal quarantine on RIFA which the NCDA&CS upholds. NCD&CS Plant Pest Specialists will help you obtain these documents and ensure you are compliant with all State and Federal regulations at no charge.

For more information, see this Hay, Straw, & Pine Needle Producers fact sheet.