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Straw, dried stalks of several kinds of grain, including wheat, barley, oats, rye, and buckwheat. Straw is employed on farms for litter or bedding. It can also be used as livestock feed although it is inferior to hay in feeding value. Straw forms an important ingredient of farmyard manure and garden composts. In some parts of the world, houses are still thatched with straw.

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