This edition of Western Farm Press features a new addition to the publication's editorial package, a column from the California Alfalfa and Forage Association (CAFA).

Written by CAFA executive director and veteran Western agriculture journalist Aaron Kiess, the column will appear each month in WFP. The CAFA board has designated Western Farm Press as the association's official farm publication.

"CAFA's monthly column in Western Farm Press gives the association an excellent opportunity to address subjects important to the state's 1.5-million-acre alfalfa and forage industry and to its customers," said Tom Ellis, Grimes, Calif., alfalfa producer and CAFA chairman.

"The monthly column in Western Farm Press allows CAFA to reach a wide audience in a highly respected publication and keep the industry updated on critical issues," said Kiess. "We appreciate the opportunity to join in a partnership with Western Farm Press."

"We are pleased that CAFA's leadership has selected Western Farm Press as its official farm publication and look forward to bolstering the efforts of the organization," said publisher Mike Gonitzke, who pointed out that each column would be accompanied by a CAFA membership form. "We encourage all alfalfa and forage producers and allied industry representatives to join CAFA to strengthen a very important segment of California agriculture - in fact the largest field crop in the state," said Gonitzke. There are more than 1.5 million acres of hay in the state with more than one million of that in alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures.

Formed in 1998, CAFA is launching its year 2001 membership drive and is aggressively representing the issues important to alfalfa and forage producers.