Maintaining a steady supply of alfalfa hay is important to hay growers, buyers and exporters for both the domestic and international export markets including: traditional, adventitious presence (AP) sensitive to GMO’s and organic. We are hosting a one-day conference on January 17, 2017, the day preceding the annual WA Hay Expo (January 18 – 19, 2017) at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA. The conference will be of interest to all alfalfa hay and seed producers; dairy and beef livestock producers; crop consultants; Extension, NRCS, FSA and CD agency specialists; and agricultural suppliers. The conference is divided into two morning sessions and one afternoon session, including the producer – speaker panel. The conference theme is to address the key issues relating to the adventitious presence (AP) of glyphosate resistant genes and other biotech traits in GMO alfalfa from the seed field to final marketing and economics of the crop. To enhance a more open discussion the conference is designed to provide background and basic information from a team of specialists, including an interactive panel. Key topics for discussion include:
- Broaden your understanding of factors that contribute to AP in alfalfa hay
- Impacts of GMO alfalfa hay in organic hay, dairy and livestock production
- How you can provide safeguards against AP on your farm
- Hear how other producers have adjusted their management to support co-existence with AP
- Meet other growers who face similar challenges
The specialist’s team is from Washington State University, University of Idaho and Oregon State University. Invited hay, livestock and seed producers are from Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Support for this conference has been made available from the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI).