Dr. Dan Undersander Wins 2023 CFGA Leadership Award
For Immediate Release
FREDERICTON, N.B. (Nov. 29, 2023) – The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) is pleased to name Dr. Dan Undersander as the winner of the 2023 CFGA Leadership Award.
Undersander has worked as a forage specialist for 48 years. His areas of specialty include forage production, forage harvesting (hay, haylage and baleage), forage analysis and grazing. He is a fellow of both the American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America. He has more than 1,600 publications in forage production and utilization, has won numerous awards and traveled the world (working in 58 countries) helping farmers improve the quality and yields of their forages in Asia, Europe, North America and South America.
Undersander led development of the University of Wisconsin Team Forage website, the most widely recognized source of forage information for temperate regions around the world. He developed the use of Relative Feed Value (RFV) in 1990 and Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) in 2000 as indices of energy intake by ruminants. He worked with the National Forage Testing Association working to help laboratories run similar forage chemical analysis and report more consistent and accurate chemical and Near Infrared Spectroscopy analysis of forages.This effort has resulted in more dependable analysis of forages across public and private forage testing laboratories in the United States and now in China and Brazil.
He and a dairy scientist developed the Milk-per-Acre spreadsheet for evaluating forage yield and quality changes, since the two often work in opposite directions. He led the writing of the Alfalfa Management Guide and worked with grazing groups and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to write and publish a 44-page grazing document. He developed a program to encourage contract harvesting of forage and he conducted numerous studies showing that forage dried more rapidly in a wide swath than conditioned forage in a windrow. He developed the concept of stem density to determine when an alfalfa stand density was limiting yield and the field should be turned over.
The CFGA presented its 2023 Leadership Award today at a special reception on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023 during its annual conference. This year marks the 14th annual year for the conference, which is back to an in-person event in Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia Nov. 28 to Dec. 1. It is hosted in conjunction with the British Columbia Forage Council (BCFC). Throughout the event attendees are focusing on issues the forage sector faces and solutions to these challenges as well as taking a forward look to opportunities for the industry. More information about the conference is available on the CFGA Conference website.
About the CFGA Leadership Award
The CFGA Leadership Award was established in 2012 to recognize and encourage leadership in the forage and grassland sector. It recognizes individuals, groups or organizations who exemplify or enhance the goals of the CFGA and whose leadership has impact of national and/or international significance.
About Canadian Forage and Grassland Association
Incorporated in 2010, the CFGA provides a national voice for all Canadians who produce hay and forage products and for those whose production is dependent upon forage/grassland production.
Trudy Kelly Forsythe, Communications, Canadian Forage and Grassland Association