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We need your help! Please tell us your top 5 research priorities.

The first-ever U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research Initiative (aka Alfalfa Checkoff Program) was officially kicked off January 1, 2017. One-hundred percent of the checkoff funds are being used to support public research into alfalfa and alfalfa forage systems. "Until now, alfalfa was the only major crop without a farmer-funded checkoff program," said Beth Nelson, NAFA President. "That needed to change in order for alfalfa to remain competitive with other cropping choices."

Research is a key component to remaining competitive. Alfalfa is key to sustainable agricultural systems and is an economic engine in rural communities — its value for soil conservation, nitrogen fixation, energy savings, crop rotation, and wildlife habitat is unsurpassed. However, alfalfa must offer competitive value for farmers in order to provide these benefits and maintain or expand acreage base.

Farmers can support alfalfa research by purchasing their alfalfa seed from one of the checkoff program brands.

The first call for proposals resulted in nine projects receiving checkoff funds. The website will archive all checkoff research projects and projective objectives.

We need your help. NAFA is working to identify priorities for the second round of research funding; the focus for proposals will be on applied research, although basic research projects may be considered.

Please help us identify research priorities. Below are some areas funding could focus on, please select your top five priorities (please note there is an "other" category if one of your priorities is not currently on the list).

Agronomic management
Cutting management strategies
Disease management strategies
Emerging technology for use in alfalfa forage systems
Environmental and water quality benefits utilization
Feed value consistency (i.e., digestibility, sampling)
Fertility, soil management, soil health, macro/micro nutrients
Field traffic management strategies
Forage quality improvements
Harvest management strategies
Hay drying and preservation methods
Insect management strategies
Life cycle analysis
Livestock cropping systems strategies
Livestock feeding strategies
New uses and market development
Persistence improvements
Post-harvest management strategies
Protein quality improvement and utilization
Testing methods for forage quality
Water use improvements and strategies
Weed management strategies
Yield improvements
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