General Structure: Two full Days for the main meeting, plus pre-conference workshop and tour (4 days). The tour is an educational tour to an agricultural region.
Pre-Conference (pleasure) tour Options (November 12-13). This would include tourist opportunities for attendees. Examples include Zoo Tour (San Diego), San Diego Boat tour, tour to Los Angeles. Not managed by conference. Additionally, there would be an opportunity to visit Forage Export Facilities in Long Beach on Sunday, Nov. 13.
MAIN CONFERENCE (Subject to Change)
DAY I. Monday, November 14, 2022 (PST)
Alfalfa Intensive Training Workshop (Optional Registration) – A workshop will be held with ‘hands-on’ training and interactive sessions – Back to Basics – A to Z training on methods to maximize yield and quality of alfalfa offered by experts in the field.
- History/Overview of Alfalfa
- Growth and Development
- Stand Establishment
- Weed Management
- Insects, Nematodes and Diseases
- Harvest Scheduling and Methodology
- Forage Quality and Testing
- Utilization by Livestock
Congress Reception & Exhibit: (5:00pm-7:00pm) Exhibitors/Posters
DAY II. Tuesday, November 15, 2022. Main Conference (PST)
8:00am-8:15am Opening Ceremonies/Introductions.
Session I. 8:15am-10am Main Session. Alfalfa Situation in major regions of the world.
- South America Alfalfa Systems
- Alfalfa in China/Asia
- Alfalfa in Europe
- Alfalfa in Middle East/Asia
- Alfalfa in North America
Session II. 10:30am-12:00pm Main Session. Environmental Aspects of Alfalfa
- Importance of Alfalfa to Soils/Cropping Systems
- Alfalfa and Climate Change
- Alfalfa and Wildlife Habitat/Biodiversity
12:00pm Noon Banquet Lunch with invited Speaker
Session III. 13:30-15:00 Main Session. Genetics/Alfalfa Improvement (Invited talks)
- Breeding for abiotic stress
- Breeding for biotic stress
- Yield Limitations/yield gap
3:30pm Economics, Quality and Markets
- Microeconomics of alfalfa production on Farm
- Evaluating the Economics of Quality/Animal products
- World Trade in Alfalfa
Session IV. Evening Session: 5:00pm-7:00pm Evening poster viewing/discussion. Reception & Exhibits.
5pm-7:00pm Exhibitors Activities & Reception/posters
Day III. Wednesday, November 16, 2022. Breakout Sessions & Main session (PST)
08:00am-12pm Noon. Breakout Sessions (volunteered talks)
I. Breakout Session I (Pest Management)
II. Breakout Session II (Water and nutrient Management)
III. Breakout Session III (Agronomic Practices, cutting schedules etc.)
IV. Banquet Lunch
1:30pm-3:00pm. Breakout Sessions
V. Breakout Session IV (Mechanization/Machinery)
VI. Breakout Session V (Soils/Environment)
VII. Breakout Session VI (Forage Quality/Utilization)
3:30pm-5:00pm Main Session (main session Wrap-Up)
5:00pm-7:30pm Evening Dinner Reception/Poster Viewing/activities. Music. Outdoor.
Day IV. Thursday, November 17, 2022. Field Tour to Imperial Valley, CA (PST)
Depart at 7:00am, return at 9:00pm.
This is an astounding area of interest to agriculturalists. Irrigated alfalfa under desert conditions dominates the cropping systems in this region. November hay production, irrigation practices, water systems management, winter vegetable crop production, crop rotations, salinity management, geothermal, UC Research plots, canal systems, seed production, hay export facilities. Equipment demonstrations. This is the one of the largest alfalfa seed-producing area in the world, and a major hay and seed export region. Likely ending with a Mexican-themed barbeque with entertainment.