Hay Bought to Off-Set Loss Due to Drought Contained Red Imported Fire Ants

Drought and Red Imported Fire Ants in Found in Hay

Taken from University of Missouri Extension press release, an Ozark County farmer got more than he bargained for when he recently bought hay from Florida,. The hay contained Red Imported Fire Ants (RIFA). In accordance with USDA regulations hay in areas with established populations of RIFA must be inspected and certified prior to shipment out of an area under quarantine.

For more information see Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) alert and the RIFA Community of Practice of eXtension.

 

Kim Cassel