May 18, 2016

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NAFA Board Meeting Scheduled for June 27-29 in Milwaukee, WI
What is Lignin and How Does It Impact Alfalfa Quality and Yield?
Drought, Salt Tolerance in Alfalfa the Focus of Scientists at USDA’S ARS
"Hay," Mark Your Calendar!
NAFA Members/Affiliates
Contact Us
NAFA Website
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NAFA Board Meeting Scheduled for June 27-29 in Milwaukee, WI

The National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA) has scheduled its summer board meeting for June 27-29 in Milwaukee, WI. While there board members will tour the facilities of NAFA member Monsanto BioAg. Make plans now to attend! NAFA board meetings are open to all NAFA members. If you're interested in attending, please email the NAFA office so we have an accurate count for meals & tour transportation at nafa@comcast.net.

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What is Lignin and How Does It Impact Alfalfa Quality and Yield?
Mark McCaslin, Forage Genetics International

Alfalfa is an excellent source of fiber and an energy-rich, high-quality protein source, making it a staple ingredient in most dairy cow diets. When it comes to harvesting this versatile crop, the dilemma often faced is whether to harvest early to maximize forage quality, but sacrifice yield OR harvest later for higher forage yield, but lower forage quality. However, new options may alleviate the need to choose between tonnage and quality. Click here for the complete article.

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Drought, Salt Tolerance in Alfalfa the Focus of Scientists at USDA’S ARS

The Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) Forage & Range Research Lab in Logan, UT, is enhancing resistance in alfalfa to drought and high salinity through the use of molecular markers. The work, led by a team of researchers headed by Michael Peel, has two primary objectives: 1) to develop diverse alfalfa populations to identify genes conditioning drought/salt tolerance; and 2) to develop molecular markers and strategies for the selection of drought and salt tolerant alfalfa and breeding for superior varieties with drought and salt resistance. Click here for the complete article.

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"Hay," Mark Your Calendar!


  • NAFA 2016 AITS Seminar
    Tuesday-Thursday, November 15-17, 2016
    Red Lion Boise Downtowner
    1800 W. Fairview Avenue
    Boise, ID

  • California Alfalfa & Grains Symposium
    Tuesday-Thursday, November 29 - December 1, 2016
    Peppermill
    Reno, NV
    Details to follow

  • NW Hay Expo
    Wednesday-Thursday, January 18-19, 2017
    Three Rivers Convention Center
    Kennewick, WA

  • 2017 MFA Symposium & Annual Meeting
    Monday-Wednesday, January 23-25, 2017
    Chula Vista Resort
    Wisconsin Dells, WI

  • WASGA Winter Seed School
    Sunday-Tuesday, January 29-31, 2017
    Golden Nugget
    Las Vegas, NV

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Thanks to our Members!
Visit Member websites by clicking on underlined names.
DIAMOND - $20,000+
Alforex Seeds
Forage Genetics International
Monsanto
S & W Seed
PLATINUM - $10,000 - $19,999
America's Alfalfa
California Alfalfa Seed Production Research Board
CROPLAN®

DEKALB®
 
Hay & Forage Grower
 
NEXGROW
 
Washington Alfalfa Seed Commission
 
W-L Research
 
GOLD - $5,000 - $9,999
DuPont Pioneer
Idaho Alfalfa & Clover Seed Commission
John Deere
Nevada Alfalfa Seed Commission
Summit Seed Coatings
Western Ag Enterprises

Wyoming Alfalfa Seed Council
SILVER - $1,500 - $4,999
California Alfalfa & Forage Association
Idaho Hay & Forage Association
JR Simplot
Kansas Forage & Grassland Council
MacDon Industries Ltd.
Midwest Forage Association
Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee
Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association
Washington State Hay Growers Association

ASSOCIATE - $500 - $1,499
American Seed Trade Association
Anderson Hay & Grain
Calibrate® Technologies
FMC
Harvest Tec
Hayday Farms
Michigan Forage Council
Monsanto BioAg
Nelson Irrigation Corporation
New Mexico Hay Association
Oregon Hay & Forage Association

San Joaquin Valley Hay Growers Association
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
Valley Irrigation
National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance - 4630 Churchill St #1 - St. Paul, MN 55126
651-484-3888 - nafa@alfalfa.org - www.alfalfa.org
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