WASHINGTON, August 9, 2017 - Farmers looking to improve the quality and yield of their alfalfa crops are expected to benefit from the first-ever farmer-funded U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research Initiative (USAFRI).

The National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance announced earlier this week that more than $300,000 was awarded for nine research projects in seven states.

“We are extremely pleased with the response to our inaugural request for proposals and the results of our first round of checkoff funding,” said Beth Nelson, NAFA President. “We concentrated funding on projects we believe will have a beneficial economic impact on alfalfa farmers across the country.”

NAFA’s USAFRI initial request for proposals garnered an impressive response, generating a whopping 34 research proposals requesting more than $1.4 million, demonstrating the high demand among researchers for alfalfa-related research funding. Project objectives can be viewed on the NAFA website: alfalfa.org