Co-op chairman Fritz Trauttmansdorff of Wellington County says new, cheaper on-farm hay-drying systems are making hay an attractive cash crop.
The hay cooperative plans to create a central compacting facility for hay dried on farm.
First the co-op is planning a feasibility study, then will develop a business plan and then start seeking export markets.
Trauttmansdorff says China alone imports $3 billion worth of hay a year.
If a lucrative export market can be developed, putting hay into crop rotations will improve soil quality, reduce erosion and sequester carbon.