NAFA is asking alfalfa farmers and industry representatives to weigh in on research topics they feel are a priority for the industry. To do so, you are encouraged to visit NAFA’s website at www.alfalfa.org and provide your input. The survey results will be utilized in establishing research priorities for the first call for proposals which will be announced later this spring.
The NAFA board of directors voted unanimously to begin the national checkoff program to facilitate a farmer-funded program to advance industry research. The U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research Initiative, implemented voluntarily by seed brand, will be assessed at the rate of $1/bag of alfalfa seed.
“This is the first farmer-funded checkoff program the alfalfa industry has ever created,” said Beth Nelson, NAFA President. “The unique thing about this program is that 100% of the funds raised will be used to support public research into alfalfa and alfalfa forage systems, and it will be driven by the alfalfa industry, primarily farmers.”
Seed marketers who have committed to facilitating the checkoff and helping farmers invest in the future of the alfalfa industry include:
Gold Country Seed
Jung Seed Genetics
Latham Hi-Tech Seeds
Prairie Creek Seed
S&W Seed Company
Simplot Grower Solutions
NAFA strongly encourages alfalfa farmers to patronize these participating alfalfa seed brands to support the U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research Initiative. (If your favorite alfalfa brand is not on the list, contact NAFA at 651.484.3888 for information on how a seed marketer can become a participating brand.) Remember to visit www.alfalfa.org and provide your input regarding research priorities.