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2022 Joint Conference
NAAIC, Trifolium, & Grass Breeders
June 7-9, 2022 · Lansing, Michigan

Agenda
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Tuesday, June 7
  6:00   Dinner & Poster Session - click to view poster abstracts
Wednesday, June 8
  8:00   Welcome Session
     Greetings from Michigan State
Jim Kells, Michigan State University
     Scope of Forages in Michigan
Kim Cassida, Michigan State University
  8:30   Session I: Agroecology, Sustainability, & Soil Health
     Alfalfa Forage System Management Strategies & Social Concepts for Expanding the Integration of Alfalfa into Southern Forage-Livestock Operations
Jennifer Tucker, University of Georgia
     Improving Alfalfa-Based Livestock Forage Production Systems Using Life Cycle Analysis
Joel Tallaksen, University of Minnesota
     Rationale & Feasibility of Breeding Alfalfa for Improved Establishment Under Corn Silage
John Grabber, USDA-ARS
     Biotic & Abiotic Drivers of Soil Microbial Communities in Response to Manure Amendment
Dan Schlatter, USDA-ARS
  10:00   Break and Posters
  10:30   Session II: NAFA Efforts Supporting Alfalfa Research
     NAFA Generates Funding to Alfalfa Research
Beth Nelson, National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance
     ASAFS Lightning Presentations
           Developing Regionally-Adapted, Resilient Alfalfa Germplasm Pools
      Charles Brummer, University of California-Davis
           Precision Agriculture Tools for Optimizing Alfalfa Production & Marketing
      Kim Cassida, Michigan State University
           Breeding Alfalfa for Intercropping with Intermediate Wheatgrass-Towards Perennial
      Grain-Forage Systems
      Virginia Moore, Cornell University
           Advancing the Use of Alfalfa Leaf Protein Concentrate in Aquafeeds to Enhance Finfish
      Production & Reduce Environmental Impacts in Aquaculture Production
      Deborah Samac, USDA-ARS
           Alfalfa Nutrient Preservation, Utilization & Cycling in Sustainable Southeastern
      Livestock Systems
      Jennifer Tucker, University of Georgia
           Determining Genetic Factors That Influence Protein Quality & Yield in Alfalfa
      Steven Norberg, Washington State University
           Establishing the Value of Alfalfa with Highly Digestible Fiber
      Doohong Min, Kansas State University
     Checkoff Lightning Presentations
           Efficacy of Residual Herbicides for Weed Control & Reducing Weed Impacts on
      Alfalfa Yield & Quality
      Albert Adjesiwor, University of Idaho
           Spring Black Stem & Stemphylium Leaf Spot Resistance Screening in the USDA-ARS
      National Plant Germplasm System's Medicago spp. Genetic Resources
      Brian Irish, USDA-ARS PGITRU
           Developing Practical Phosphorus & Potassium Tissue Test Recommendations &
      Utilizing Struvite in Modern Alfalfa Systems III
      Steven Norberg, Washington State University
           Characterizing Benefits of Alfalfa in Rotation & Communicating Value of Environmental
      Services to the Public
      Nicole Tautges, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
  Restoring Grasslands With the Addition of Alfalfa in an Effort to Sustainably Increase Alfalfa Production in the Southeast
Renata Oakes, University of Tennessee
  Using Reduced-Lignin Alfalfa Cultivars to Improve Water Use Efficiency, Forage Yield, & Forage Quality in Water-Limiting Environments
Alexandre Caldeira Rocateli, Oklahoma State University
  12:00   Awards Luncheon
  1:00   Session III: Forage Breeding & Genomics
     Pan-Transcriptomes & Gene Regulation Network in Response to Drought & Salt Stresses in Alfalfa
Long-Xi Yu, USDA-ARS
     Uncovering Identity By Descent For Varietal Protection in Synthetic Populations
John Cameron, Forage Genetics International
     Advances in Hairy Vetch Breeding for Cover Crop Use
Lisa Kissing Kucek, USDA-ARS
     Genetic Parameters of Bahiagrass Half-Sib Families
Jose Suazo, University of Florida
     Identifying Molecular Markers Associated With Quality & Quantifying Their Potential to Increase Alfalfa Value
Steven Norberg, Washington State University
     Genomic Prediction for Phenology, Yield & Forage Quality Traits on a Large Diversity of Alfalfa
Marie Pegard, INRAE
  2:30   Session IV: Abiotic & Biotic Stress
     Physiological & Transcriptional Analyses of Two Alfalfa Cultivars with Different Salt Tolerance
Bill Biligetu, University of Saskatchewan
     New Insights into the Salt Tolerance of Alfalfa
Devinder Sandhu, USDA-ARS
     Bacterial Stem Blight of Alfalfa: An Under-Recognized Disease Affecting Forage Yield & Quality
Deborah Samac, USDA-ARS
     GWAS-Assisted Genomic Prediction for Forage Yield Under Deficit Irrigation Management in Elite Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) Germplasm
Harpreet Kaur, New Mexico State University
     Synthetic Cultivar Parent Number Impacts on Genetic Drift & Disease Resistance in Alfalfa
Olivia Steinmetz, Legacy Seeds
     Insecticide Resistant Alfalfa Weevils in the Western US: Quantifying the Scope of Resistance & Implementing a Plan to Manage the Threat
Kevin Wanner, Montana State University
  4:00   Poster Session
  4:45   Business Meeting
Thursday, June 9
  8:00   Session V: Forage Agronomy & Physiology
     Developing a Maturity Rating Index for Cool-Season Forage Grasses
Kim Cassida, Michigan State University
     Cell Wall Characteristics Related to Alfalfa Digestibility
Deborah Jo Heuschele, USDA-ARS
     Higher Quality Alfalfa Cultivar Yield & Nutritive Value Response to Cutting Schedule Management Strategies in a Mediterranean Environment
Sultan Begna, USDA-ARS
     Intermittent Groundwater Recharge Strategies on Alfalfa for Sustainable Production & Water Conservation in the Central Valley of California
Khaled Bali, UC Kearney Research & Extension Center
     Developing Alfalfa Varieties for High Salinity Production Systems
Dan Putnam, University of California-Davis
     Evaluation of Varied Harvest Management Strategies of Alfalfa-Bermudagrass Mixtures on Animal & Stand Performance in the Southeastern US
Justin Burt, University of Georgia
  9:30   Break and Posters
  10:00   Session VI: Remote Sensing & Phenotyping
     Estimating Alfalfa Biomass Volume From UAV-Based Multispectral Imagery
Matt Francis, University of California-Davis
     Application of Random Regression Models to Model Growth Curve in Alfalfa Using Phenotypes from High-Throughput Multi-Spectral Images
Ranjita Thapa, Cornell University
     Imaging Alfalfa to Predict Yield & Quality & Impacts of Water Deficits Using Innovative Over-Head Irrigation Systems.pdf
Dan Putnam, University of California-Davis
     Characterizing Cicer Milkvetch Populations Using Agro-Morphological & Drone-Based Traits
David MacTaggart, University of Saskatchewan
Bus Tour • Thursday, June 9 • 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
(included in conference fee; registration required)

     You won’t want to miss this tour featuring one of North America’s premier inland field stations – the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS). KBS is Michigan State University’s largest off-campus education complex, located between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, Michigan.

World renowned for its contributions to ecological science and evolutionary biology, KBS is home to the National Science Foundation’s only agriculture-based Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site, a brand-new Long-Term Agroecological Site (LTAR) funded by USDA-ARS, and a Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center site funded by DOE. It is also home to the W.K. Kellogg Farm which includes a grazing dairy with all supporting field crops and research projects including pasture and alfalfa management, malt barley evaluations, cover crop management in corn, soy, and wheat, and much more.

The tour will begin with a box lunch as we embark on our 75-minute ride from the hotel to KBS. Following the tour stops, we will enjoy dinner at the KBS educational campus prior to returning to the hotel around 8 pm.