July 21, 2016

NAFA Board Meeting Held in Milwaukee, WI
Dealing with the Quality Card You've Been Dealt
Alfalfa Pollinator Research Initiative Funding Distributed to Seven Projects
NAFA Adds to List of Grower Opportunity Zones
House Passes GMO Legislation
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NAFA Board Meeting Held in Milwaukee, WI

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, and perhaps best known for its famous breweries, Milwaukee, WI, served as the location for the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance board of directors annual summer board meeting on July 28-29. In addition to its meeting, the board was treated to a guided tour of the facilities of Monsanto BioAg, a company specializing in agricultural biologicals to boost productivity.

Special guests included Nicholas Young of Agralytica, the Risk Management Agency's contractor tasked with the responsibility to obtain information and provide analysis to aid in the improvement of the Forage Seeding Program in an effort to better meet the risk management needs of alfalfa producers, and Andrew Harker of the The Russell Group who gave the board a brief update of the GMO labeling legislation.

NAFA would like to specially thank meeting sponsors Alforex Seeds, Monsanto, NEXGROW, and S & W Seed Company for sponsoring meals and refreshments for NAFA’s 2016 summer board meeting.

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Dealing with the Quality Card You've Been Dealt
Daniel Wiersma, Alfalfa Business Manager, DuPont Pioneer

Forage quality is increasingly important on the modern dairy farm. High interest in BMR corn silage hybrids and now reduced lignin alfalfa varieties demonstrate this need. Chasing forage quality in corn silage and alfalfa is a challenging and often frustrating activity of forage producers. Especially in the world of silage corn hybrids, seed corn companies introduce niche hybrids with unproven characteristics as the next best answer to improving silage quality on your farm. Farmers often try these hybrids, but rarely find real differences in their ability to influence animal production. Click here for the complete article.

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Alfalfa Pollinator Research Initiative Funding Distributed to Seven Projects

The Alfalfa Pollinator Research Initiative (APRI) recently awarded $100,000 in funding to seven research projects focused on supporting the health of non-Apis alfalfa pollinators. APRI, a coordinated research effort managed by the Pollinating Insects Research Unit in Logan, UT, focuses on: management for crop pollination; population sustainability; environmental safety; epidemiology and disease management; and genetics. The program is managed by Theresa Pitts-Singer of USDA's Agricultural Research Service (located at the Logan Bee Lab in Logan, UT). Click here for the complete article.

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NAFA Adds to List of Grower Opportunity Zones

Continuing to add to its list of approved Grower Opportunity Zones (GOZ), NAFA has recently received and approved a request by alfalfa seed growers to designate Fremont and parts of Natrona County in Wyoming as a Genetically Enhanced (GE) GOZ.

Since the start of NAFA's Grower Opportunity Zone program, NAFA has approved the formation of 27 GOZs, 21 Genetically Enhanced (GE) GOZs and six Adventitious Presence Sensitive (APS) GOZs. Visit NAFA's GOZ webpage for a complete list of GOZs and their corresponding maps.

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House Passes GMO Legislation

Consumers wanting to know if their foods contain genetically modified ingredients will be able to find out for the first time. On a vote of 306-117, the House passed the GMO labeling bill, requiring the labeling of foods that contain GMO ingredients. The law, however, will take years to phase in and will give food companies the option of using straightforward language, a QR code, an 800-number or a link to a website. The driving force behind the bill was to preempt legislation in Vermont which took effect on July 1. Under the legislation, the Agriculture Department would have two years to write the rules.

While there is little scientific concern about the safety of those GMOs on the market, advocates for labeling argue that not enough is known about their risks and people want to know what's in their food. The food industry says GMOs are safe and the labels could mislead people into thinking they aren't. Agriculture groups, Republicans, and lawmakers from rural states overwhelmingly supported the legislation, hoping it will bring more certainty to farmers who grow genetically modified corn and soybeans.

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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 & Forage Symposium
    Tuesday-Thursday, November 29 - December 1, 2016
    Reno, NV

  • 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
S & W Seed
PLATINUM - $10,000 - $19,999
America's Alfalfa
California Alfalfa Seed Production Research Board

Hay & Forage Grower
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
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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