Straw is an agricultural by-product. It is commonly used as bedding for cows, goats, sheep, and horses.
Straw has excellent insulation characteristics and can be used in construction. Strawbale construction is gaining popularity as part of passive solar and other renewable energy projects.
Straw is also used in horticulture. It can be used to cover tuberous crops such as potatoes and sweet potatoes, and for bedding underneath strawberries to aid in keeping dirt off the berries.