The U.S. Forage Export Council (USFEC)
USFEC consists of NHA members that are financially invested in compress facilities based in the United States and who actively sell/export baled fiber products to foreign countries. The USFEC works under the umbrella of the NHA to advance industry related issues relative to nutrient and chemical testing, transportation, agronomy, cross-feed contamination, workplace welfare, fire exposure/risk and other industry concerns impacting United States based compress operations that export baled fiber products.
The USFEC is also actively working with the USDA/FAS, foreign agriculture governmental agencies, and foreign trade associations on all issues pertaining to “safe feed” with one goal in mind: making exported U.S. hay products the safest in the world.
The Economic Benefit of Hay & Straw Exports
The United States exports over $7.6 billion of hay and straw, which benefits thousands of farms in the western United States and creates tens of thousands of jobs across the country. Considering all wages, transactions and economic activity, forage exports represent over $13 billion in economic benefit.