After a very dry growing season, farmers in eastern Canada are hurting for hay. Western Canadian farmers know all to well what that’s like, having experienced a similar situation in 2002.
Farmers, private companies and governments have come together to form Hay East — a program to send much-needed forage from the west to the east. Cash donations as well as government support has rolled in, but more hay is needed — over 60,000 bales have been requested. Farmers in need are reminded to apply to the program.
According to the Ontario government’s page, governments will provide, on a cost-shared basis, up to $500,000 for transportation costs to help move donated hay to Ontario farms through HayEast, and will also match, on a cost-shared basis, monetary donations made to HayEast up to $2.5 million.
For more information on how to help or how to apply for hay, click here.