September 19, 2017

Mark Your Calendar - 8th Annual D.C. Fly-In Scheduled for Feb. 5-8
Are Your Alfalfa Roots Ready for Winter?
Be Sure to Register Early for NAFA's 2017 Alfalfa Intensive Training Seminar (AITS)
Forage, Alfalfa Seed Farmers Reminded of Upcoming Crop Insurance Sales Closing Dates
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Mark Your Calendar - 8th Annual D.C. Fly-In Scheduled for Feb. 5-8

Be sure to mark your calendar for NAFA's 8th Annual D.C. Fly-In scheduled for February 5-8. This event has proven to be very successful in garnering recognition and research funding for our industry. Due to this exposure, we have received nearly $7 million in Alfalfa Seed and Alfalfa Forage Systems Research Program (AFRP) funding since 2014. In 2017, we received $2.25 million. We continue to work with Congressional offices to increase AFRP funding to the $5 million level!

NAFA is building a list of growers interested in joining this effort. If you'd like to be on the list, please email us your contact information. Mark your calendars now to join us and add your voice to NAFA’s effort to support the alfalfa industry in our nation's capital.

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Are Your Alfalfa Roots Ready for Winter?
Dr. Donald R. Miller, Director of Prod. Dev., Alforex Seeds


As alfalfa producers, we pay a lot of attention to how our crops look and perform above ground, but we often forget the importance of what's going on below the surface, in the alfalfa roots. Every time we harvest, the regrowth of the next cut is dependent on two factors: 1) is the root healthy, and 2) are the carbohydrate (food) reserves adequate to fuel the next cut's initial regrowth? Click here for the complete article.

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Be Sure to Register Early for NAFA's 2017 Alfalfa Intensive Training Seminar (AITS)

One of the most successful programs available for training professionals in the alfalfa industry about alfalfa growth and management will be presented in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, November 14-16, 2017, at the Sheraton Suites Akron Cuyahoga Falls. Sponsored by NAFA, the Alfalfa Intensive Training Seminar (AITS) is a must for anyone growing or working with alfalfa, including agronomists, sales managers, crop advisors, nutritionists, extension agents, and alfalfa growers. AITS features some of the nation's leading experts in the fields of alfalfa production and management.

A partial list of topics to be covered includes genetics, variety testing and selection, seed and seed production, growth and development, soils, fertility, irrigation and water use, cutting management, mowing and field drying, and much, much more. Don't miss this great opportunity to increase your knowledge of all things alfalfa. Register today! Click here for more information.

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Forage, Alfalfa Seed Farmers Reminded of Upcoming Crop Insurance Sales Closing Dates

Farmers are being reminded of the Risk Management Agency's upcoming sales closing deadlines for 2018 fall crop Multi-Peril Crop Insurance programs. The sales closing date is the last day to buy federal crop insurance. Current policyholders and uninsured farmers must make all of their decisions on crop insurance coverage, especially which crops to insure and what level and type of coverage to get, before the sales closing date. The sales closing dates for forage production and forage (alfalfa) seed are:

  • Forage Production APH - Sept. 30 (Oct. 31 in CA, NV, UT)
  • Forage (Alfalfa) Seed - Sept. 30 (Oct. 31 in CA, NV, UT)

Farmers are encouraged to visit their crop insurance agent soon to learn specific details for the 2018 crop year. Federal crop insurance policies are sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance companies and agents. To find a crop insurance agent near you, use RMA's Agent Locator page by clicking here.

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"Hay," Mark Your Calendar!

  • 2017 Alfalfa and Forage Field Day
    Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
    9240 S. Riverbend Ave.
    Parlier, CA

  • Alfalfa Intensive Training Seminar (AITS)
    Tuesday-Thursday, November 14-16, 2017
    Cuyahoga Falls, OH

  • Mid-America Forage Expo
    Tuesday-Wednesday, November 28-29, 2017
    Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds
    Mitchell, NE

  • Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium "Producing Quality Forages in the West"
    Tuesday-Thursday, November 28-30, 2017
    Grand Sierra Resort
    Reno, NV

  • Idaho/Eastern Oregon Alfalfa and Clover Seed Annual Mtg.
    Tuesday, January 9, 2018
    Caldwell Elks Lodge
    1015 N. Kimball Ave.
    Caldwell, ID

  • 2018 AFGC Annual Meeting
    Sunday-Wednesday, January 14-17, 2018
    Crowne Plaza
    Louisville, KY

  • NW Hay Expo
    Wednesday-Thursday, January 17-18, 2018
    Kennewick, WA

  • Western Alfalfa Seed Growers Assn. Winter Seed Conf.
    Sunday-Tuesday, January 28-30, 2018
    Hyatt Regency
    San Antonio, TX

  • Idaho Hay & Forage Conference
    Thursday-Friday, March 1-2, 2018
    Best Western Burley Inn
    Burley, ID

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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
CROPLAN By Winfield United

Hay & Forage Grower
Washington Alfalfa Seed Commission
W-L Research
GOLD - $5,000 - $9,999
DuPont Pioneer
Idaho Alfalfa & Clover Seed Commission
John Deere
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
Nelson Irrigation Corporation
Nevada Alfalfa Seed Commission
Utah Farm Bureau Hay Committee
Washington State Hay Growers Association

ASSOCIATE - $500 - $1,499
American Seed Trade Association
Anderson Hay & Grain
Harvest Tec
Hayday Farms
K-F Seeds
Michigan Forage Council
Monsanto BioAg
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 - -
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