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8 projects receive funding from Alfalfa Checkoff

Alfalfa research intended to drive innovation and profitability in the industry.

The Alfalfa Checkoff awarded funding to eight new research projects in the fourth round of funding.

“The Alfalfa Checkoff gains momentum with each new round of funding, and continues to be a valuable asset to the industry,” said Beth Nelson, NAFA President. “The Checkoff is funding important alfalfa research that we believe will have the greatest impact within the alfalfa community.”

The Alfalfa Checkoff attracted proposals covering a wide range of topics intended to drive innovation and profitability in the alfalfa industry, as well as a broad geographic area. Research projects in Georgia, Minnesota, Montana, New York, and Wisconsin were approved for funding and include:

  1. Evaluating Hand-Held NIRS Units for Measuring Forage Quality of Fresh-Chopped Alfalfa & Alfalfa Hay & Haylage, Jerry Cherney, Cornell University;
  2. Analysis of Root Carbohydrates in Alfalfa Treated with Four Harvest Intervals & Five Potassium Rates in the Southeast, Jennifer Tucker, University of Georgia;
  3. Plant Population & Stem Counts to Predict Yield of Modern Alfalfa Varieties, Craig Sheaffer, University of Minnesota;
  4. Impacts of Winter Grazing on Alfalfa Production, Emily Meccage, Montana State University;
  5. Potassium Fertilization & Its Impact on Yield, Quality, & Winter Hardiness of Alfalfa, Marisol Berti, North Dakota State University;
  6. Regional Characterization of Alfalfa Manure Legacy Impacts on Soil Quality in Crop Rotations, Joshua Gamble, USDA-Agricultural Research Service;
  7. Side-by-Side Evaluation of Preservation Alternatives for Alfalfa Hays, Wayne Coblentz, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center;
  8. Sustainable Management of Waterhemp in Established Alfalfa for Dairy Systems, Mark Renz, University of Wisconsin.

Funding was determined by a NAFA review committee which selected projects that best met established research priorities, including:

  • new and updated NAFA publications;
  • agronomic management;
  • feed value consistency;
  • forage quality improvements;
  • new uses and market development;
  • fertility, soil management, soil health, macro/micro nutrients; and
  • yield improvements.

Proposals were scored on methodology/ analytical approaches; industry need; cost effectiveness/budget/matching funds; partnerships; and outreach. 

Final reports from the first round of alfalfa checkoff-funded projects, made in early 2017, are available at

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