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Red River Farm Network reports:

A new national alfalfa checkoff program has been created to invest more research dollars into the industry.

National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance President Beth Nelson says there is a need for more research. "“Alfalfa is the nation’'s third most valuable field crop behind corn and soybeans. A lot of people don’'t realize that.

"Our acres have been declining and we attribute some of that to the lack of public research. There isn'’t the same public commitment to research you seen in corn and beans or wheat.”"

The checkoff rate is $1 for every bag of alfalfa seed sold. Participation by the seed companies is also voluntary. The checkoff will officially launch January 1. The first request for research proposals will be made this spring.

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