2010 Conference Program

Joint Meeting of the 42nd North America Alfalfa Improvement Conference and the 21st Trifolium Conference


Tuesday July 27

2:00 – 4:00pm:           NAAIC Executive Committee Meeting

                                    Clear Water Room (3rd floor)


4:00 – 6:00pm:           Poster Set-up

                                    Aspen/Cedar Rooms (2nd floor)


4:00 – 9:00pm:           Registration

                                    2nd Floor Landing


6:00 – 9:00pm:           Reception and Poster Session (Authors to be present)

                                    Aspen/Cedar Rooms (2nd floor)


Wednesday July 28

7:30am                        Continental Breakfast

                                    2nd Floor Landing


General Session:  Perennial Legume Research at the Crossroads – Developing a Consensus for Research Priorities    

Aspen/Cedar Room (2nd Floor)

Moderator: Dave Miller


8:00 – 8:15am:  Welcome and announcements


8:15 – 8:30am:  Beth Nelson – National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance, St. Paul, MN:  The Importance of a Consensus Agenda in Discussions with Public Policy Makers


8:30 – 9:00am:  Neal P. Martin – USDA-ARS, Madison, WI:  A Comprehensive Vision of Increasing the Value and Uses of Alfalfa and Forages


9:00 – 9:30am:  Michael Russelle – USDA-ARS, St. Paul, MN:  Environmental Benefits of Growing Perennial Legumes in Cropping Systems


9:30 – 10:00am:  Kenneth H. Quesenberry – University of Florida, Gainesville, FL:  Importance of a Consensus Research Agenda for the Genetic Improvement of Perennial Legumes: Science and policy


10:00 – 10:30am:  Break


10:30 – 11:00am:  Mark McCaslin – Forage Genetics International, Prior Lake, MN:  An Industry Perspective on Investing in Alfalfa Improvement


11:00 – 11:30am:  Yves Castonguay – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Quebec, QC, Canada:  Molecular breeding technologies to solve “real world” problems


11:30am – 12noon:  Maria Monteros – The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK:  Use of Genomics to Drive Genetic Improvements in Perennial Legumes


12:15 – 1:30pm:  Luncheon (included with registration) and NAAIC Awards

Evergreen Room (2nd floor)

Afternoon Breakout and Feedback Sessions

Facilitator: Sarah Borden – Centered Consulting, LLP, Boise, ID


2:00 – 3:45pm:  Groups of 8-10 people will discuss and report suggested research priorities from various disciplinary or regional perspectives.


3:45 – 4:00pm: - Break


4:00 – 5:30pm:  Continue group discussion and feedback.


5:30 – 7:00pm:  Posters (take down posters at 7:00pm)


Thursday July 29

Breakfast on your own


7:30am – 4:00pm:  Conference tour of alfalfa seed industry and Idaho agriculture.


Dinner on your own


Friday July 30

Breakfast on your own


Morning Breakout and Feedback Sessions

River Forks Room (3rd floor)

Facilitator: Sarah Borden – Centered Consulting, LLP


8:00 – 9:30am: Continue group discussion and feedback


9:30 – 9:45am: Break


9:45 – 11:00am:  Continue group discussion and feedback


11:00am – 12noon:  NAAIC Business meeting and adjourn