Four years ago, graduate student Leslie Neal from Texas A&M University, opened the Hay Barn for business. Visitors do not find a roof and walls but rather an online exchange where hay buyers and sellers can make a connection. Producers place classified ads to sell hay and get direct responses by telephone or e-mail. Turn around time is often fast with hay lots often sold as soon as advertised. Buyers can search for hay easily in their own state. Best of all the service is free of charge.

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