Nebraska's drought conditions have prompted the Nebraska Department of Agriculture to expand its hay hotline to include pastures.

In addition, NDA now posts daily updates of the hotline's sellers list on its web site.

NDA established its hay hotline in order to connect buyers and sellers with hay. Individuals with available pastures can contact the hotline and have their name, contact information and inventory placed on the sellers list. NDA will then make the sellers list available to buyers by mail or by the web site. Once buyers obtain this information, they will be responsible for contacting the sellers direct to negotiate any transactions.

"Long-term forecasts tell us the end is not yet in site," said Merlyn Carlson, director of agriculture. "It is up to us to listen to our producers and do all we can to provide some needed relief during these stressful times."

The hotline number is a toll free call, at 800-422-6692. The hay hotline service is available to all buyers and sellers for free. The sellers list can be seen at Sellers who wish to have their name added or removed from this list are encouraged to call the hotline number.

The hotline for hay and pasture will be available as long as drought conditions persist in Nebraska, Carlson said.

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