Ag Department warning farmers about hay-buying scams

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FRANKFORT, Ky - (WKYT) The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is warning farmers to be alert for possible scams involving hay sales.

The department received several reports of fraudulent hay-buying activity in recent weeks. They’re urging farmers to take extra precaution when buying or selling hay or livestock though email, social media, or text message.

Warning signs of possible scams may include: buyer refuses to speak on the phone, buyer proposes to mail the seller a check in excess of the negotiated price, then
asks the seller to mail the extra amount in cash back to the buyer, or the buyer is vague about transportation arrangements.

Farmers who need assistance locating hay, should contact KDA’s Hay and Forage Testing Program at (502) 782-9210 or online at

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