REPORT OF THE 35th NORTH AMERICAN ALFALFA IMPROVEMENT CONFERENCE
June 16 - 20, 1996
W.T.W. Woodward, Secretary
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
Director of Alfalfa Research
7305 N.W. 62nd Ave., P.O. Box 287
Johnston, IA 50131
|James H. Elgin, Jr., Executive Secretary
National Program Leader
Forages & Pastures
Building 005, Room 328
10300 Baltimore Avenue
Beltsville, MD 20705-2350
The 35th North American Alfalfa Improvement Conference (NAAIC) held
at the Radisson Inn, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, included four days of paper
and poster sessions, and business meetings, pre-conference scientific tours
to the Noble Foundation at Ardmore, Oklahoma State University Research
Stations at Stillwater and Perkins, a mid-week tour of the Chickasha Research
Station, and a full-day post-conference tour of Braum's Dairy and National
Cowboy Hall of Fame. An industry supported awards luncheon recognized Billy
A. Melton, James H. Elgin, Jr., and Dwayne A. Rohweder as 1996 NAAIC Honorary
Members and Landon R. Rhodes, as the R. R. Hill, Jr. Award winner. Participation
in the conference by workers in all disciplines of alfalfa science was
Copies of this report and those of the 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992,
and 1994 conferences are available at $10 each from the incoming NAAIC
Executive Secretary, Gary R. Bauchan, USDA/ARS/PSI, Soybean and Alfalfa
Research Laboratory, Bldg. 009, Rm. 3-4, BARC-W, 10300 Baltimore Ave.,
Beltsville, MD 20705-2350. Checks should be made payable to NAAIC.
Program Chairman: Michael A. Peterson
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The vitality of the NAAIC relies on contributions from many energetic people. The effectiveness of the various committees, the fine program of our recent conference and the rich informal interaction between friends/colleagues at the conference are all signs of good health for our organization.
It has been a privilege to serve as President of the NAAIC from 1994-1996. I have very much enjoyed working with the executive committee, the conference local arrangements committee and chairpersons and members of the various other NAAIC committees. To all of these people I give my sincere thank you for a job well done.
I am looking very forward to our next conference at Bozeman, Montana in 1998. Please contact members of the executive committee with your ideas for the program and/or for the NAAIC in general. Involve yourself in the organization. I am confident you will, as I have, find the experience rewarding.