Call to action: Help direct alfalfa research

By Mike Rankin

The National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA) is collaborating with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to develop a research strategy for the alfalfa industry.


Through funding opportunities, including NAFA's Alfalfa Checkoff, USDA-ARS’ alfalfa research efforts, and USDA's Alfalfa Seed & Alfalfa Forage Systems competitive research program, a critical mass of available funding has been established. This makes it desirable to have a focused research plan for the alfalfa industry. Your direction is needed to ensure the most important research needs are being met.


In an effort to identify these needs, NAFA is asking for your input to help focus future research programs and projects. Alfalfa researchers, farmers, agronomists, seed marketers, and anyone involved with the alfalfa community are encouraged to share their views.


Please complete this short survey no later than Monday, October 19 — by working together we can accomplish more!