We need your help! Please tell us your top 5 research priorities.
NAFA announces the creation of the first-ever U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research Initiative (aka Alfalfa Checkoff Program). One-hundred percent of the checkoff funds will be used to support public research into alfalfa and alfalfa forage systems. "Until now, alfalfa was the only major crop without a farmer-funded checkoff program," said Beth Nelson, NAFA President. "That needed to change in order for alfalfa to remain competitive with other cropping choices."
Alfalfa is key to sustainable agricultural systems and is an economic engine in rural communities — its value for soil conservation, nitrogen fixation, energy savings, crop rotation, and wildlife habitat is unsurpassed. However, alfalfa must offer competitive value for farmers in order to provide these benefits and maintain or expand acreage base. Research is a key component to remaining competitive.
The checkoff officially launches January 1, 2017. Farmers can support alfalfa research by purchasing their alfalfa seed from one of the checkoff program brands.
We need your help. NAFA has been working to identify priorities for the first round of research funding; the focus of the first request for proposals will be on applied research, although basic research projects may be considered.
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