Western Alfalfa & Forage

Producing Quality Forages in the West

November 28-30, 2017
Grand Sierra Resort
Reno, NV
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What is the Alfalfa Symposium?

The Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium is a comprehensive program on the many issues facing alfalfa and forage crops.  Forages represent a major component of western farming and impact many other enterprises such as dairy farming, beef production, sheep, goats, as well as honey, agricultural industries and environmental issues.  This symposium covers topics ranging from economics and markets, regulatory trends, industry issues, pest management, forage quality, irrigation, genetics to impacts and the environment.  The symposium is a “must” for anyone interested in these important crops. 

Organizational Process

The 2017 Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium is organized by the Cooperative Extension Services of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, and grower and industry liaison members.  The symposium is currently in its 47th year, and is hosted by the California Alfalfa & Forage Association, representing thousands of California forage growers. 



Who Should Attend?

Farmers, Pest Control Advisors, Certified Crop Advisors, industry members, agency representatives, Cooperative Extension personnel, and anyone who wishes to be informed about important issues related to alfalfa and forages.

Symposium Presentations

Each year, symposium proceedings are archived. Previous year’s symposia featuring videos, PowerPoints, and proceedings of the talks can be found here.

Schedule at a Glance

Day 1
28 Nov 2017
Day 2
29 Nov 2017
Day 3
30 Nov 2017

ALFALFA HAY QUALITY WORKSHOP: Understanding Forage Quality from Field to Feeding

Alfalfa Hay Quality Workshop 8:00am – 5:00pm 8:00 – Workshop Welcome and Introduction What is Forage Quality and How is it Managed in the Field (Moderator Shannon Mueller, University of California Cooperative Extension, Fresno, CA) 8:30 – Definitions and Range of Variability for Hay Test Parameters Glenn Shewmaker, University of Idaho, Kimberly, ID 8:55 –...
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Hosted Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres. Exhibits Open.

SYMPOSIUM MAIN SESSION: Economics, Markets, Alfalfa Yield and Quality, Yield Gap and Genetic Innovations

Economics and Markets (Moderated by Brandon Fawaz, Fawaz Farms, Etna, CA) Welcome and Introduction William Payne, Dean, College of Agriculture, University of Nevada, Reno Current Trends in the Hay and Forage Markets Seth Hoyt, The Hoyt Report, Ione, CA Important Market Trends with California and U.S. Dairy Markets Tiffany LaMendola, Blimling Associates, Jamestown, CA Demographics...
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Jim Kuhn Award The Importance of Alfalfa Research Funding Beth Nelson, National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance, St. Paul, MN  

SYMPOSIUM MAIN SESSION: Alfalfa Production and Pest Management

Alfalfa Production and Pest Management I (Moderated by Anowar Islam, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY) Alfalfa IPM and its Future Speaker TBA Strategies for Aphid Management in Alfalfa Ayman Mostafa, University of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ Controlling Alfalfa Weevils — Efficacy, Thresholds and Future Needs Steve Orloff, University of California Cooperative Extension, Yreka, CA Using Zinc...
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Hosted Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres. Exhibits Open. Live and Silent Auction benefitting California Alfalfa & Forage Association.

SYMPOSIUM MAIN SESSION: Exports, Water & Irrigation, Genetics and Water Management

8:00-12:00pm Exports, Water & Irrigation (Moderated by Steve Norberg, Washington State University, Pasco, WA) Hay Export Dynamics in the West Coast USA Bill Matthews, Ag Issues Center, University of California, Davis, CA Emergence of Middle Eastern Demand for Forage Crops Allan Hallman, USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Benefits and Impacts of Partial Season Irrigation...
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Contact Us

Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium

Hosted by California Alfalfa & Forage Association

1521 I Street
Sacramento, CA, USA 95814
Jane Townsend, Executive Director