Las Vegas is the site for the 2000 National Alfalfa Symposium, Dec. 10 to 12.

Members of the alfalfa industry, from growers to industry experts, will gather to hear the latest research and ideas about alfalfa production. Sponsored by the California Alfalfa Workgroup and the Alfalfa Council, the program is designed to help anyone involved in alfalfa production become more efficient and profitable.

"Our plans to the 2000 program are to thoroughly study alfalfa production practices and concerns from a Western perspective. We have designed a program to address these needs and address not only Western grower concerns, but all regions of the U.S. as well," says Dr. Dan Putnam, Extension forage specialist with the University of California-Davis and program chair for the symposium. "National Alfalfa Symposia have a long history of covering all aspects of this legume, from production practices to environmental concerns to marketing, with some of the best researchers and company experts in the industry."

As the foremost meeting on alfalfa in the United States, the program committee expects nearly 600 growers, industry representatives and marketers to attend. The meeting, at the Las Vegas Hilton, will open Sunday, Dec. 10, with a tour of alfalfa production, a tour of Hoover Dam, a modern chocolate factory and field demonstration plots, near Las Vegas. Presentations will begin Monday morning and continue through Tuesday afternoon. Sponsors and exhibitors are welcome.

For more information on registering for the meeting, visit, or call Nikki Picanco, at 530-752-0700.

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