State Hay and Forage Division is composed of farmers across the state who produce hay and forage crops. Hay and forage corps are an important part of Alabama’s agricultural economy and produced in every county. In 2016, Alabama farmers harvested 810,000 acres of hay that was valued at $2.26 million.
The top 6 counties in hay production in Alabama are all in the northern third of the state: Cullman, Jackson, DeKalb, Morgan, Lauderdale and Marshall.
Producers are interested in research to improve varieties and enhance marketing. The Hay and Forage Division works closely with Auburn University and others to take advantage of the work already being done and to target future research into areas which can directly benefit our farmers and ranchers.
Concerns of farmers are represented at the state and national levels through departments of Governmental Affairs and National Affairs. The Department of Public Relations provides hay and forage news on this website and member publications.