Menu 2017 Alfalfa Checkoff Project Objectives
NAFA's U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research Initiative (USAFRI), better known as the Alfalfa Checkoff, initial request for proposals garnered an impressive response, generating 34 research proposals requesting more than $1.4 million, demonstrating the high demand for alfalfa-related research funding. Proposals covered a wide range of topics intended to drive innovation and profitability in the alfalfa industry, as well as a broad geographic area. Nine researchers were the beneficiaries of the first-ever USAFRI, a farmer-funded investment in alfalfa-related research. Research projects in California, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Washington, and Wisconsin are being funded.
Award amounts subject to change, dependent on actual checkoff received.
  1. Maximizing Alfalfa’s Yield Potential
    — E. Charles Brummer, University of California-Davis ($49,988)

  2. Developing High Yielding and High Quality Varieties and Cropping Systems for High Salinity Conditions
    — Daniel Putnam, University of California-Davis ($41,165)

  3. Enhancing Alfalfa Yields and Stand Life by Improving Management of Seed Rot and Seedling Damping Off
    — Deborah Samac, USDA-ARS ($36,000)

  4. Evaluating Progress in Alfalfa Forage Quality Improvement
    — Craig Sheaffer, University of Minnesota ($28,576)

  5. Impact of Poultry Litter Application on Yield and Quality of Alfalfa Grown in Mississippi
    — J. Brett Rushing, Mississippi State University ($39,000)

  6. Evaluation of the Efficacy of Various Herbicides for Control of Broadleaf (Plantago major) and Buckhorn (Plantago lanceolate) Plantain in Alfalfa
    — Leslie Beck, New Mexico State University ($10,000)

  7. Developing Practical Phosphorus and Potassium Tissue Test Recommendations and Utilizing Struvite in Modern Alfalfa Systems
    — Steve Norberg, Washington State University ($40,000)

  8. Integrated Pest Management and Pollinator Protection on Alfalfa Produced for Seed 2018-2019
    — Douglas Walsh, Washington State University ($35,000)

  9. The Impact of Tedding on the Economic Production of Alfalfa Silage
    — Matthew Digman, University of Wisconsin-River Falls ($20,869)