According to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, someone has been using an overpayment scam to steal thousands of dollars from Missouri hay producers.

In the scam, an interested buyer contacts a producer listed on the Missouri Hay Directory with hay to sell. The buyer sends a check for more than the cost of the hay and asks the seller to wire payment to the hay hauler who will pick up the hay. The original check bounces, but the money already wired is lost.

“Our Missouri Hay Directory has truly been a success for over 10 years and it is unfortunate that someone is trying to take advantage of our producers,” said Katie Smith, director of MDA. “We are asking producers to make good business decisions when dealing with anyone that is contacting them regarding purchasing hay and make sure you have some level of confidence in the buyer and their method of payment.”

“Our department is continuing to try to make all producers aware of this situation and remind them to be diligent when selling their products,” said Smith. “Producers should continue to use tools such as the Hay Directory as ways of getting their products sold but also be careful and aware of business scams that can occur.”

For more information regarding the Missouri Hay Directory, visit

Missouri Department of Agriculture