“This is a watershed moment for NAFA. After many years of effort, it’s rewarding to see this finally come to fruition with the release of our first RFP,” said Beth Nelson, NAFA President. “We’re looking forward to funding research projects that alfalfa farmers view as priorities for the industry.”
Seed marketers that have committed to facilitating the checkoff and helping farmers invest in the future of the alfalfa industry include:
Funding requests are capped at $50,000 and only one-year of funding may be requested (additional funding will need to be applied for each year). All university, Extension, ARS, and non-profit researchers are eligible to apply. Once received, requests will undergo a proposal review process by NAFA board members or their designees to determine which proposals receive funding. A full copy of the RFP can be found on the NAFA website (alfalfa.org).
NAFA strongly encourages alfalfa farmers to patronize checkoff-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.)