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A storage site is defined as any location where harvested certified forage or mulch will be stored pending sale.

Records must be made available upon request by MCIA.

MAINTAINING IDENTITY OF HARVESTED FORAGE

It is the responsibility of every member of MCIA to abide by the rules, adhere to the standards, and report irregularities or violations. The MCIA Board of Directors will act on any case where rules established by MCIA are knowingly or intentionally violated. Action taken by the Board of Directors may result in the suspension of membership in MCIA.

Shrontz Farm, 22105 T Dr. N, Olivet, MI 49076 Contact Information – Phone 269-789-0655.

The following products meet the Idaho USFS and BLM NWFF&S requirements: State Certified Noxious Weed Free Hay, Cubes, and Straw. Pelletized feed meets the Idaho USFS requirements; it is not required to be certified, because the pelletizing process (heat) destroys seed viability. ISDA recommends pre-feeding your animals State Certified Noxious Weed-Free Forage (hay or cubes) or pellets 48 hours prior to entering these public lands. It is also suggested before leaving home, to thoroughly brush and clean hooves to remove potential seeds from your animals.

If a field is inspected and no noxious weeds were found that are listed on either standard, the field is certified to the NAISMA Standard. If a field is inspected and contains NAISMA noxious weeds, but does not contain noxious weeds on the Idaho Standard list, it may be certified to the Idaho Standard. Approximately 90% of the forage and straw inspected in Idaho is certified to the NAISMA Standard. State certified forage cubes, pellets, and compressed forage bales are certified only to the NAISMA Standard.

The ISDA NWFFS program has two standards of certification; however, they follow the same inspection procedures with the exception that they inspect the fields for different noxious weed lists. The first standard is the Idaho State Noxious Weed Free Standard (commonly known as the Idaho Standard). The Idaho Standard noxious weed list is the 67 State noxious weeds. The second standard is the NAISMA Standard (noxious weeds on the NAISMA list plus noxious weeds on the Idaho Standard, for a total of 88 noxious weeds).

The purpose of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) Noxious Weed Free Forage and Straw (NWFF&S) Certification Program is to limit the introduction and spread of noxious weeds through forage and straw onto Idaho United States Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. In addition, the NWFF&S certification program allows for the transportation and sale of certified Idaho forage and straw products into and through states and other boundaries where restrictions are placed on such commodities.

To help growers meet these requirements, the ISDA has promulgated the NWFF&S Certification Rules (scroll down to page 24). Idaho’s program is managed by ISDA and each county.