The first-ever alfalfa checkoff, funded through a $1/bag assessment, will kick off in January. The program, The U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research Initiative, hopes to raise at least $500,000 that can be targeted toward alfalfa research.

“The unique thing about the program is that 100% of the funds raised will be used to support public research into alfalfa and alfalfa forage systems, and it will be driven by the alfalfa industry, primarily farmers,” says Beth Nelson, National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance president.

A call for research proposals will go out this spring, and the first research grants will be awarded in July, says Nelson. But farmers can already weigh in on alfalfa research needs by visiting NAFA’s website at

Seed marketers who have committed to facilitating the checkoff and helping farmers invest in the future of the alfalfa industry include:

Alforex Seeds

Gold Country Seed

ProHarvest Seeds

America's Alfalfa

Hubner Seed

Rea Hybrids

Browning Seed

Jung Seed Genetics

S&W Seed Company


Kruger Seeds

Simplot Grower Solutions


Latham Hi-Tech Seeds



Legacy Seeds



Lewis Hybrids

Stone Seed

Fontanelle Hybrids


W-L Research

Forage First

Prairie Creek Seed