Certified Weed Free Forage and Mulch Program

In 1996, the North American Weed Management Association brought together representatives from federal land management agencies, state agencies, counties and forage producers to develop a uniform standard for certifying forage and mulch free of noxious weed seeds. The Hay for sale examplestandards are designed to:

  • Assure all participants that forage and mulch certified through this program meet a minimum acceptable standard 
  • Provide consistency between states 
  • Limit the spread of noxious weeds

Weed-free forage is required on many U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands, in national parks, military locations, tribal lands and National Fish and Wildlife refuges. Certifiable forage products include straw, alfalfa hay, grass hay, grain hay, forage pellets and cubes. Recreational horse riders using federal property may need weed-free forage to feed their horses, and state and federal agencies may require weed-free mulch for right-of-way projects. Also, weed-free forage may be required on state and federal land when mulch is needed on seeded areas following forest fires.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture signed a memorandum of understanding with NAWMA to follow the standards set forth in the North American Weed Free Forage Program. Kansas Department of Agriculture staff are also qualified to certify forage and mulch products to meet any additional requirements set forth by any receiving entity, and we are the only recognized certifying authority in Kansas.

A weed-free forage inspection is a typical growing season inspection, generally for domestic export, and must occur if the forage is to be certified to meet the North American Weed Free Forage program standards. The Kansas Department of Agriculture does not require this weed-free forage certification but, upon request, will conduct a growing season inspection of forage intended for certification under those standards.  To request an inspection, go to the Application Center and fill out a “Weed-Free Forage Inspection Application.”  Once we receive your application, an inspector will contact you to set up a date and time for the inspection.  An inspection report is given to the producer and after harvest a copy to this report is returned to KDA identifying the number of bales harvested on each inspected site. Based upon the returned report, the amount of certified weed-free forage for each site will be recorded and tracked. Producers can then request bale tags and/or make applications for transit certificates for their certified weed-free forage.  The cost of bale tags are $0.20 each.

FEE CHARGES

Charges will be billed after the inspection.

Inspection Time - The time it takes to inspect each field.
The time will be rounded to the nearest 15 minutes.  If more than one inspector is involved,  the time will be multiplied by the number of inspectors.
$30.00 per hour or $7.50 per 15 minutes

Travel Time - The time it takes the inspector to travel between fields.
The time it takes to travel from or back to the inspector’s workstation will be charged to the first and last fields of the day.  This time will be rounded to the nearest 15 minutes.  If two or more inspectors are traveling together, the time will be multiplied by the number of inspectors.
$30.00 per hour

Mileage - The distance between fields. The mileage from or back to the inspector's office will be charged to the first and last fields of the day.  If two or more inspectors are traveling together, the mileage will be multiplied by the number of inspectors.
$0.56 per mile

Please feel free to contact this office at (785) 564-6698 if you have any questions.

Certified Weed Free Forage Producers List