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Weed Free Forage Standards: 

Weed Free Forage Standards North American Weed Management Association Adrianne Peterson

N A W M A: 

N A W M A NAWMA Is a Network of Professional Weed Managers Involved in Implementing Any Phase of County, Municipal, District, State, Provincial or Federal Weed Law.

NAWMA Continued: 

NAWMA Continued In the Late 1990’S NAWMA Took Over the Weed Free Program and Created Minimum Standards. All Western States Were Asked to Be Involved With the Creation. Many States Came Together and Agreed to the Standards.


Introduction There Is a Growing Demand in North America for the Use of Certified Weed Free Forage and Mulch As a Preventative Program. The Goal of This Standard Is to Provide a Guideline to Set Minimum Requirements for a Uniform Program.

Why Is There a Growing Demand?: 

Why Is There a Growing Demand? Forest Service, BLM and Other Government Agencies Are Requiring Certified Hay. Department of Transportation in Many States Require Certified Hay and Mulch. Public Awareness Has Increased on Invasive Weeds.

Current Restricted Areas: 

Current Restricted Areas Greater Yellowstone Area in Wyoming, Idaho, Montana All National Forest System Lands in the Intermountain Region and Rocky Mountain Region of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. South Part of the Butte BLM District Gallatin National Forests and Lolo National Forest in Montana

Restricted Continued: 

Restricted Continued Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado Nebraska and Wyoming D.O.T. Many Others

Standards Are Designed: 

Standards Are Designed To Provide Assurance to All Participants That Forage Certified Through This Program Meets a Minimum Acceptable Standard To Provide Continuity Between the Various Provinces and States in the Program.

Standards Continued: 

Standards Continued To Limit the Spread of Noxious Weeds Through Forage and Mulch. There Is a Disclaimer: North American Forage Standards May Not Meet the Forage Quality by the Hay Marketing Task Force.

Minimum Standards: 

Minimum Standards Field Inspection Inspection Certificate Transit Forage Tag Twine Weed List


Remember!! These Are Minimum Standards. Your Standards Can and Will Most Likely Be More Strict and Complex.

Field Inspection Minimum Standards: 

Field Inspection Minimum Standards Minimum of 2 Entry Points Per Field Minimum of 1 Entry Point Per 10 Acres Each Point of Entry Shall Be at Least 150 Ft Into Field & Each Additional 150 Ft Traveled Shall Constitute an Entry Point.

Field Inspection, continued: 

Field Inspection, continued Travel Shall Be Uninterrupted. Proceeding Through the Field Being Inspected. Entire Border Shall Be Walked or Driven. Field Inspected Within 10 Days Prior to Harvest.

Field Inspection, continued: 

Field Inspection, continued Storage Area Shall Also Be Inspected and Meet the Standards. An Inspector May Not Inspect Fields of Which Said Inspector Has Ownership or Financial Interest.

Inspection Certificate Minimum Standards: 

Inspection Certificate Minimum Standards State Agency Info County Agency Info Inspection Numbering Producer Name, Address, Phone Legal Description or Field # Acres Inspected Package/Bale Size

Inspection Certificate Continued: 

Inspection Certificate Continued Number of Bales or Twine Commodity/Forage Type Meets “North American Standards” Statement Inspection Date Inspectors Signature Comment Section

Transit Certificate Minimum Standards: 

Transit Certificate Minimum Standards State Agency Info County Agency Info Transit Certificate Numbering Transporter Name, Address, Phone Consignee Name, Address, Phone Specific Destination

Transit Certificate Continued: 

Transit Certificate Continued Reference to Inspection Certificate # Comments Section Commodity/Forage Type Package/Bale Size Number of Bales or Tonnage

Transit Continued: 

Transit Continued Type of Certification Marking Used Issuer Signature, Title, Phone Issue Date Statement “Only Original Copies Are Accepted”

Forage Tag Minimum Standards: 

Forage Tag Minimum Standards The Words “North American Weed Free Forage Certification Program” A Number System (Tracking Purposes) Province/State of Issue Province/State Phone # (Responsible Official)

Forage Tag Continued: 

Forage Tag Continued Statement That the Product Is “Certified to the North American Standards”

Weed List: 

Weed List There Are 54 Species on the North American Weed Free Forage List For a Copy of the List See Our Website at: WWW.NAWMA.Org This List Is Comprised of a Combination of Several States’ Lists.


MOU A Letter Was Sent Out to All the Dept.... of Ags in the Western US, Albert CA, British Columbia, and Florida Requesting Info on Their Program We Got Responses From MN, SD, ABCA, UT, ID, MT, WY, CO, KS, AZ, and OK.


MOU We Now Have Signed MOU’S From MN, SD, AB Canada, WY, KS, NE, NV, and Wallowa Co. OR. We Have Letters of Support From MT, ID and ND.


MOU I Have Met With OR, CA, and Talked to People From WA. We Should Have Or and maybe WA in the Program Hopefully Soon. CA Is a Little Reluctant Because Their Standards Are Much Stricter Than NAWMA.

Reason I’m Here: 

Reason I’m Here Can I Help With Anything? Do You Have Questions on the Program?

How Does It Benefit You?: 

How Does It Benefit You? Intra and Interstate Commerce Protect Natural Resources Protect Natural Habitat of Wildlife Preserve the Aesthetic Value of Our Natural Scenery Prevent Introduction and Spread of Invasives

Who Should Promote or Buy Certified Forage?: 

Who Should Promote or Buy Certified Forage? Producers and Consumers Forage Buyers Outdoor Recreationists, Hunters, Outfitters, and Sportsmen Federal and State Agencies

Certification Program Provides: 

Certification Program Provides Statewide/North American Wide Standards and Recommendations Representation in a Regional Program Opportunity to Move Forage Freely in Restricted Areas

Certification Benefits: 

Certification Benefits Producer With a Quality Product to Market Producer With Management Education Buyer With a Marketable and Transportable Product State Involved in Weed Management and Clean Forage

Benefits Continued: 

Benefits Continued State, Province, and Federal Agencies Managing Invasive Weeds Such As: USDA Fs, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, Game and Fish, Dot, State Lands, Etc.....

The End: 

The End Thank You for Inviting Me!

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