On Oct. 10, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced seven grants for integrated research and extension projects related to alfalfa, including two projects led by CALS investigators:
RESILIENCE OF ALFALFA CULTIVARS TO VARIABLE ENVIRONMENTS
Lead investigator: Valentin Picasso Risso
QUANTIFYING, PREDICTING, AND MODELING THE EFFECTS OF MACHINERY TRAFFIC ON ALFALFA YIELD AND FORAGE QUALITY
Lead investigator: Brian Luck, Department of Biological Systems Engineering
The seven grants are part of the Alfalfa and Forage Research Program (AFRP), which supports collaborative research and extension to improve efficiency and sustainability of conventional and organic alfalfa production. The newly-funded projects seek to help increase alfalfa yield and quality; improve harvest and storage systems for alfalfa; and support marketing for alfalfa producers through better methods to estimate yield and quality.
AFRP encourages projects that bring together expertise from multiple disciplines, organizations and states, for greater impact and for enhanced effectiveness of limited state, federal and industry resources.