Alberta Certified Weed Free Forage Program Overview
Contaminated hay is one way invasive plants are spread across the province, between provinces and around the world. To address this, the North American Invasive Species Management Association, has set industry guidelines and maintains minimum standards for certified weed free products, which are recognized across North America.
The AISC is thrilled to have received funding from the Canadian Agriculture Partnership to help promote and revitalize this important program. It is our intention to work with producers, municipalities, and the province to facilitate, promote and revitalize the Alberta Certified Weed Free Forage program resulting in more weed free forage on the market in Alberta.
If you are a producer interested in having your forage certified weed free, contact the AISC (587 999 0954) or your local Weed Inspector. Inspectors have the authority to certify portions of fields or even fields with weeds present, provided that no invasive plant propagules will enter the baled forage. Inspections must be conducted within ten days of cutting, if the crop is not cut within ten days of cutting, a new inspection must be conducted to certify the forage as weed free.
If you are a municipal Weed Inspector and are interested in becoming a certified weed free forage inspector contact the AISC (587 999 0954) for information.
If you are interested in purchasing Certified Weed Free Forage, see here for a list of producers (coming soon!) or contact the AISC (587 999 0954).