- Author: Daniel H. Putnam
For those of you who understand forage crops, and alfalfa in particular, this is a meeting you don't want to miss.
World Alfalfa Congress, San Diego, CA 14-17 November, 2022.
Alfalfa is the nation's 3rd or 4th most important economic crop
(photo Hay & Forage Grower)
“Profitable Alfalfa Production Sustains the Environment' is the theme that organizers from multiple nations have put forward for the 2022 World Alfalfa Congress, to be held in San Diego, CA in November.
The World Alfalfa Congress features:
- One-Day Practical Training in Pest Management and Irrigation
- Two days of presentations, with topics from economics to genetics/varieties, exports and environmental issues.
- More than 50 speakers from all over the US and world.
- Field Tour of the Imperial Valley (sign up soon!).
- More than 75 exhibitors (so far)
- Attendees from all over the world
Please see the program here: https://alfalfa.org/events/World_Alfalfa_Congress_Agenda.php
To Register for the Program, Click Here: https://calhaysymposium.com/worldcongress-registration/
Information on Hotel/Venue: https://calhaysymposium.com/hotel-venue/
Information on Exhibits/Sponsorships: https://calhaysymposium.com/worldcongress-exhibitor/
Information on Sponsorships: https://calhaysymposium.com/worldcongress-sponsor/
Alfalfa (sometimes called Lucerne) is one of the most important forage crops in the world and the third or fourth most valuable field crop in the United States. Alfalfa is a crucial part of the agricultural landscape, as it is grown on over 16 million acres in the US and is important in many other countries. World trade in alfalfa hay has increased in recent years, with a strong interest in Asia, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Alfalfa is one of the most sustainable crops that can be grown, due to its nitrogen-fixing capabilities.
“It's important to recognize the tremendous contribution of alfalfa to food production, on-farm profitability, as well as it's role to enhance soil health and the environment” says Dan Putnam, UC Davis Forage Specialist and program Chair.
In recent years, alfalfa has been challenged by water supply issues, and economic pressures- but 2022 is shaping up to be one of the highest price years for alfalfa hay.
This meeting gives us a chance to enrich our knowledge of this important crop,” said Dennis Hancock, Director of the USDA-ARS Dairy Forage Research Center at Madison, Wisconsin and a co-organizer. “This is a great opportunity to exchange experiences and scientific findings from around the world and to work closely with farmers and practitioners.”
The Congress targets scientists, farmers, consultants, CCAs and PCAs, and industry members, as well as the general public interested in this important crop.
“Company sponsorships and exhibitors are welcome and provide an excellent opportunity to network with industry” said Beth Nelson, from St. Paul, MN, key organizer and president of NAFA. These grower-member organizers (NAFA and CAFA) represent a wide range of alfalfa and forage farmers in the US.
Early Bird Registration is currently open. For ongoing information, registration, exhibit and sponsorship information, see:
For further information, contact:
Beth Nelson, President Nicole Helms, Executive Director
National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance California Alfalfa & Forage Association
Dan Putnam, Cooperative Extension Specialist
Department of Plant Sciences
University of California, Davis
Phone: 530-304-1003| email@example.com/span>