November 30, 2017

Contents
Support the Alfalfa Checkoff by Purchasing Seed from a Participating Brand
Join Us for the 8th Annual DC Fly-In
Eight AFRP Projects Awarded Funding
Get NAFA's 2018 Alfalfa Variety Ratings - Hot Off the Press
Wisconsin Dairy Takes Top Honors in World Forage Analysis Superbowl
Growing Non-GMO Forages and Grain on Your Dairy Farm
"Hay," Mark Your Calendar!
NAFA Members/Affiliates
Contact Us
NAFA Website
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Support the Alfalfa Checkoff by Purchasing Seed from a Participating Brand

As you consider your spring planting options for alfalfa, keep this in mind - the brand of alfalfa seed you buy makes a difference. Please help support the alfalfa industry this year by purchasing your alfalfa seed from a marketer who participates in the U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research Initiative, also known as the Alfalfa Checkoff, a farmer-funded investment in alfalfa-related research to help drive innovation and profitability in the alfalfa industry. A list of participating brands can be found here.

The Alfalfa Checkoff supports research into the improvement of yields, water conservation, development of new storage and harvest systems, creation of new uses, and other research areas which hold the potential to advance the alfalfa industry. A current list of Alfalfa Checkoff-supported projects can be found by clicking here.

Do you have an idea for alfalfa research you'd like to share? Click here to help us prioritize research needs. The research projects funded through the Alfalfa Checkoff are farmer-driven, addressing those topics farmers themselves have identified as priorities

So join us in our efforts to fund the most important research projects facing the alfalfa industry today, make sure you're sourcing your alfalfa seed from participating brands.

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Join Us for the 8th Annual DC Fly-In

Be sure to mark your calendar for NAFA’s 8th Annual DC Fly-In scheduled for February 5-8. Momentum is building for alfalfa, the Nation’s 4th most valuable field crop, thanks to those who participated in past Fly-In’s. The Alfalfa Seed and Alfalfa Forage Systems Research Program (AFRP) was created due to the increasing recognition that alfalfa is publicly underserved. The 2017 AFRP appropriation was $2.25 million (up from $2 million in 2016 and $1.35 million in 2015 and 2014)! Additionally, the Risk Management Agency is working on new and enhanced crop protection tools for alfalfa. In 2018, we will continue to build on these accomplishments to keep alfalfa competitive with other cropping choices.

Interested in joining this effort? Email or give us a call to discuss the opportunity to add your voice in support of the alfalfa industry in our nation’s capital.

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Eight AFRP Projects Awarded Funding

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded funding to eight projects in the Alfalfa Seed and Alfalfa Forage Systems Research Program (AFRP).

Now in its fourth year, the AFRP was created to support integrated, collaborative research and technology transfer to improve the efficiency and sustainability of alfalfa forage and seed production systems. It encourages projects that establish multi-disciplinary networks to address priority national or regional science needs of the alfalfa industry. Click here for the complete article.

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Get NAFA's 2018 Alfalfa Variety Ratings - Hot Off the Press

The National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA) has released the 2018 edition of its popular “Alfalfa Variety Ratings - Winter Survival, Fall Dormancy & Pest Resistant Ratings for Alfalfa Varieties” - a useful tool for hay and dairy farmers, extension specialists, or anyone involved in the production of alfalfa.

NAFA’s Alfalfa Variety Ratings is a publication unlike any other in providing an extensive listing of alfalfa varieties and their corresponding ratings for fall dormancy, winter survival, bacterial wilt, aphanomyces, leafhopper, and a host of other pests. The publication also includes grazing tolerance, salt tolerance, and standability, to provide you the information you need to make better informed decisions about the varieties which will perform best in a given environment.

Looking for a variety with specific attributes? Use NAFA’s searchable database to search for varieties using up to 23 different parameters. With this tool, NAFA has made finding the perfect variety as effortless as possible.

NAFA’s Alfalfa Variety Ratings publication is available in the November issue of Hay & Forage Grower magazine or by visiting NAFA’s website. Be sure to get yours today!

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Wisconsin Dairy Takes Top Honors in World Forage Analysis Superbowl

Alex and Mary Olson of Breezy Hill Dairy, Dallas, WI, took Grand Champion Forage honors at the early October World Forage Analysis Superbowl at World Dairy Expo. The dairy farmers took home $2,500 in cash prizes with their entry, a Pioneer P9789AMXT standard corn silage hybrid.

The Grand Champion First-Time Entrant was Judd Farms, Waterville, MN, which also entered a standard corn silage hybrid, Pioneer P0157AMX.

Grand Champion Dairy Hay first-place winners were Donald and Nancy Hasselquist, Osceola, WI, who entered a HarvXtra alfalfa boasting of a relative forage quality (RFQ) of 281. Second place went to S & B Dairy, Sigel, IL; third place, Harry F. Adams Jr., Byron, IL; fourth place, Gene Nehls, Hustisford, WI; and fifth place, Triple P Farms, Effingham, IL. Click here for the complete article.

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Growing Non-GMO Forages and Grain on Your Dairy Farm
Daniel Wiersma, Alfalfa Business Manager, DuPont Pioneer

Today’s consumers have choices about the kind of dairy products they purchase. Specialty milk-based products can be found in the dairy aisle of the grocery store and, among other things, may be labeled as Non-GMO, GMO-Free, or Organic. While still niche markets, demand for organic and non-GMO dairy products is growing and has attracted the attention of dairy farmers looking for an opportunity to enhance their income by producing milk for dairy processing companies which are sourcing non-GMO milk. Click here for the complete article.

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"Hay," Mark Your Calendar!

  • 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

  • Wisconsin Dells Symposium
    Monday-Wednesday, February 19-21, 2018
    Chula Vista Resort
    Wisconsin Dells, WI

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

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
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
FMC
Harvest Tec
HayDay Farms
K-F Seeds
Michigan Forage Council
Monsanto BioAg
New Mexico Hay Association
Noble Research Institute
Oregon Hay & Forage Association
San Joaquin Valley Hay Growers Association
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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