November 30, 2018

Join Us for the 9th Annual DC Fly-In
Hot Off the Press - Get NAFA's 2019 Alfalfa Variety Ratings
NAFA’s 2018 Alfalfa Intensive Training Seminar Filled to Capacity
Improving Alfalfa’s Leaf-to-Stem Ratio and Its Impact on Forage Quality and Fiber Digestibility
NIFA AFRP Funding Goes to Seven Alfalfa Research Projects
Bayer's Vision for Safe and Sustainable Agriculture
CHECKOFF/AFRP/APRI Research Summaries
"Hay," Mark Your Calendar!
NAFA Members/Affiliates
Contact Us
NAFA Website
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Join Us for the 9th Annual DC Fly-In

Be sure to mark your calendar for NAFA’s 9th Annual DC Fly-In scheduled for February 4-7. NAFA continues to make progress in its efforts to bring much-needed attention to the nation’s 3rd most valuable field crop - and much of that success goes to all those who have participated in past Fly-In’s.

The 2018 Alfalfa Seed and Alfalfa Forage Systems Research Program (AFRP) appropriation was $2.25 million, the same as the previous year and an increase from the 2016 ($2 million) and 2015 ($1.35 million) appropriations! Additionally, the Risk Management Agency continues to work on new and enhanced risk management tools for alfalfa. In 2019, 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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Hot Off the Press - Get NAFA's 2019 Alfalfa Variety Ratings

The National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA) has released the 2019 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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NAFA’s 2018 Alfalfa Intensive Training Seminar Filled to Capacity

More than 40 participants attended NAFA’s sold out Alfalfa Intensive Training Seminar (AITS), considered to be the most comprehensive and successful alfalfa training and education seminars available. Held at Land O’Lakes Headquarters in Arden Hills, MN, on November 13-14, AITS featured many of the nation's leading experts in the fields of alfalfa production and management. This year’s seminar attracted participants from as far away as California, Texas, and Georgia. Click here for the complete article.

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Improving Alfalfa’s Leaf-to-Stem Ratio and Its Impact on Forage Quality and Fiber Digestibility
Dr. Donald R. Miller, Director of Prod. Dev., Alforex Seeds


Plant breeders are continually striving to improve the forages we feed our livestock. These genetic improvements, combined with other factors, have increased milk production per cow in the U.S. by 50-60% in the last half century. This large jump in production has been aided by the utilization of higher digestible feeds and high-intake forages such as alfalfa. Click here for the complete article.

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NIFA AFRP Funding Goes to Seven Alfalfa Research Projects

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

Now in its fifth 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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Bayer's Vision for Safe and
Sustainable Agriculture

An Open Letter to Bayer Stakeholders


There has never been a more important time for innovation in agriculture. Our world faces enormous challenges, from a changing climate, to limited natural resources to a growing population.


For more than 150 years, Bayer has been dedicated to creating products that help people in a changing world. Our focus has been on new treatments for diseases, helping people get well and stay well, and providing farmers with breakthrough innovations to help nourish our growing world and preserve natural resources. We call it Science for a Better Life. Click here for the complete article.

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CHECKOFF/AFRP/APRI Research Summaries

Through hard work and persistence, NAFA has secured funding for two public research programs: 1) the Alfalfa Seed and Alfalfa Forage Systems Research Program (AFRP); and 2) the Alfalfa Pollinator Research Initiative (APRI). Additionally, NAFA has created its own research program, the U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research Initiative, better known as the Alfalfa Checkoff.

NAFA News will feature both progress and final reports from these research programs to keep you informed of research in these areas. Click on the project title to access the full report.

• Evaluation of the Efficacy of Various Herbicides for Control of Broadleaf (Plantago major) and Buckhorn (Plantago lanceolate) Plantain in Alfalfa - Beck, New Mexico State University

"Broadleaf and buckhorn plantain (Plantago major and P. lanceolata, respectively) are perennial weeds that are notoriously difficult to control in alfalfa cropping systems. The use of commercially available herbicides labeled for the control of plantain weeds has proven ineffective in the field."

All CHECKOFF/AFRP/APRI final reports and current project objectives can be found on NAFA's website at in a convenient searchable database.

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"Hay," Mark Your Calendar!

  • Valencia County Forage Workshop
    Tuesday, December 4, 2018
    University of New Mexico
    Valencia Campus
    Los Lunas, NM

  • Winter Forage Conference and KSFGC Annl. Mtg.
    Tuesday, December 11, 2018
    Anderson Building
    Lyon County Fairgrounds
    Emporia, KS

  • Idaho Alfalfa and Clover Seed Winter Conference
    Tuesday, January 8, 2019
    Elks Lodge
    Caldwell, ID

  • Mid-America Forage Expo
    Tuesday-Wednesday, January 8-9, 2019
    Adams County Fairgrounds
    Hastings, NE

  • NW Hay Expo
    Wednesday-Thursday, January 16-17, 2019
    Three Rivers Convention Center
    Kennewick, WA

  • 2019 Southwest Hay & Forage Conference
    Thursday-Friday, January 24-25, 2019
    Ruidoso Convention Center
    Ruidoso, NM

  • Western Alfalfa Seed Growers Assn. Winter Seed Conf.
    Sunday-Tuesday, January 27-29, 2019
    Astor Crowne Plaza
    New Orleans, LA

  • MFA's Symposium
    Monday-Wednesday, February 18-20, 2019
    Chula Vista Resort
    Wisconsin Dells, WI

  • Kentucky Alfalfa and Stored Forage Conference
    Thursday, February 21, 2019
    Lexington, KY

  • Idaho Hay and Forage Conference
    Thursday-Friday, February 21-22, 2019
    Burley Inn
    Burley ID

  • Joint XXIV International Grassland/XI Rangeland Congress
    Sunday-Friday, October 25-30, 2020
    Nairobi, Kenya

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Thanks to our Members!
Visit Member websites by clicking on underlined names.
DIAMOND - $20,000+
Alforex Seeds
Bayer Crop Science
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
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
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