January 15, 2018

NAFA's DC Fly-In Approaching Soon
NAFA President Speaks at Kansas, Nevada Forage Events
Mechanical Advantage: Pre-Cutting as an Added Option for Forage Processing
Clover and Special Purpose Legume Crop Germplasm Committee Report Now Available
Second World Alfalfa Congress Set for November 11-14
"Hay," Mark Your Calendar!
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NAFA's DC Fly-In Approaching Soon

NAFA's Washington, D.C. fly-in, scheduled for February 5-8, is approaching quickly. Any NAFA member interested in participating is encouraged to do so. The event, which will include Congressional visits, agency visits, and a board meeting, is a great opportunity to reinforce to agencies and members of Congress and their staffs the importance of the alfalfa and forage industry to production agriculture and the environment. As NAFA members, you won't want to miss this important opportunity to have your collective voices heard. NAFA members interested in attending should contact the NAFA office at 651.484.3888 ASAP.

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NAFA President Speaks at Kansas, Nevada Forage Events

NAFA President Beth Nelson served as a presenter at both the Winter Forage Conference in Salina, KS, and the Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium in Reno, NV, giving attendees an update of NAFA activities and initiatives over the past year, focusing on the importance of public research.


In Kansas, Kansas State University and the Kansas Forage and Grassland Council (KSFGC) held its Winter Forage Conference and KSFGC Annual Meeting on Tuesday, December 12, at the Webster Conference Center in Salina. The conference focused on alfalfa production, rotational grazing, the science of cattle grazing, and grower panels dealing with rotational grazing and cool season forage alternatives. The keynote address focused on “Current and Future Kansas Forage Trends” and was delivered by Dr. Mike Brouk, Professor of Animal Science & Industry at Kansas State University.


The Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium, organized by the Cooperative Extension Services of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, and grower and industry liaison members was held in Reno, NV, on November 28-30. The event presented a program on the many issues facing alfalfa and forage crops and covered topics ranging from economics and markets, regulatory trends, industry issues, pest management, forage quality, irrigation, genetics to impacts and the environment.


“Meetings like these are valuable opportunities to tell NAFA’s story to the folks who make what we do possible,” said Nelson. “It’s nice to be able to interact directly with alfalfa and forage farmers, let them know exactly what we’re working on, and get their feedback.”


Nelson will continue to update alfalfa and forage producers at additional meetings throughout the winter.

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Mechanical Advantage: Pre-Cutting as an Added Option for Forage Processing
Jarrod McGinnis, Production Systems Manager &
Mark Schmidt, Principal Scientist, John Deere


Forages are a foundational and necessary dietary component in animal nutrition among ruminant animals and other livestock. They are one of the most important dietary program components factoring into feed palatability and consistency, as well as nutritive value. Click here for the complete article.

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Clover and Special Purpose Legume Crop Germplasm Committee Report Now Available

A report of the Clover and Special Purpose Legume Crop Germplasm Committee has been released and may be of interest to those within the alfalfa/forage community. The report, which can be viewed by clicking here, includes an overview of the activities for the temperate-adapted forage legume project of the USDA-ARS National Plant Germplasm System in Prosser, WA.

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Second World Alfalfa Congress Set for November 11-14

The Second World Alfalfa Congress will be held Sunday-Wednesday, November 11-14 in Cordoba, Argentina. Be sure to mark these dates on your calendars.

Argentina is one the largest alfalfa producers in the world. Approximately 80% of the total alfalfa area is cultivated under rain-fed conditions for dairy, beef and hay production in the Pampas Region, while the remaining 20% is devoted to hay and seed production under irrigation in the Northwestern, Western and Patagonia regions. Argentina has decades of experience and a great deal of knowledge on alfalfa, as well as very active breeding programs and quick access to updated technology. Argentina is likely the only country in the world that can easily increase the planting area of alfalfa in the near future for producing high quality alfalfa hay.

The proposed program for the World Alfalfa Congress includes a tour through this highly productive Córdoba area in order to enjoy the opportunity to take a direct look at the alfalfa hay production in Argentina and its great potential.

For more information, or to register online click here.

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"Hay," Mark Your Calendar!

  • 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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DIAMOND - $20,000+
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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
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Michigan Forage Council
Monsanto BioAg
New Mexico Hay Association
Noble Research Institute
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San Joaquin Valley Hay Growers Association
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