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  • 12 Mar 2015 1:36 PM | Anonymous

     

     NIRSC Newsletter
     March 10, 2015

     


     

     

     

     

           Greetings!



     

     

     

    NIRSC March 2015 Newsletter

     

     

     

    Board Election Results for 2015

    The NIRSC held its annual board election for 2015.  Thanks to all membership for participating in your consortium!  The NIRSC has three sectors of membership which represent the functionality and expertise of our members.  These include commercial/service oriented laboratories, plant research companies, and university/government/foundation research laboratories (Our membership classes for annual dues are different and more so represent how our members operate financially.)

    Our new board members for 2015 are:

    Commercial/Service Oriented Testing Laboratories: Travis Roberts, Sure Tech Labs, Indianapolis, IN

    Universities, Government Facilities, Private Foundations: David McIntosh, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

    Plant Research Companies or Organizations:  Mike Trammell, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK


    For a complete board listing with contact information go to http://nirsconsortium.org.



    Annual Conference Planning for 2016

    The joint conference with AFGC in January was a success.  Currently 2015 proceedings are not posted but you can check back to the AFGC publications page to see when the proceedings are available.  Many other publications and resources are available on this page as well.  


    We would like to get your feedback on NIRSC annual conference planning.  If you have not done so, please complete this short survey to help us plan for next year's conference.  This is your consortium and we'd like to help you get the most of your membership!  Just click on this link to go to the survey:
    Poll for NIRSC Annual Conference Planning


    2015 NIRSC Equations Release and Sign-up Schedule 

    We announced in the January newsletter that NIRSC has implemented a staggered equation release schedule with the first release for the year to be hays and haylages in January.  We experienced the need for chemistry re-runs and expect the 2015 hays and haylages to be released in March.  To read more about the sign up schedule please go to: Equation Release & Sign-up Schedule

    Sign up for equations can be done online with a simple form.  The form will be available all year for new sign ups and will get reported back to the NIRSC business office and invoicing will follow.  Payment plans will be available so that each member can budget for equation fees over the year.  Go to this link to sign up online: Online 2015 NIRSC Equations Sign-up

     

     

     

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  • 27 Jan 2015 12:34 AM | Anonymous

     

     NIRSC Newsletter
     January 27, 2015

     


     

     

     

     

     

     

    GREETINGS!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    NIRSC January 2015 Newsletter

     

     

     

    NIRS Consortium with AFGC in St. Louis

    The NIRSC held its annual conference in conjunction with the American Forage & Grassland Council (AFGC) conference from January 11-14, 2015 in St. Louis, MO. 



    The AFGC conference was a four-day event with a multitude of presentations and topics all related to forages.  The NIRSC held a workshop consisting of three presentations relating to NIRS as a tool to reduce sampling error, for pasture monitoring, and for field spectral analysis.  NIRSC also held an entire day's worth of presentations and discussions that spanned topics such as plant breeding and the importance of NIRS, understanding and utilizing NIRS in forage quality testing, and quality assurance using NIRS.  Both the workshop and the day-long presentations were well attended with 40-45 attendees at both.  Our goal was to provide expanded opportunities for discussions to our members as well as educate a broader audience about NIRS.  We think this was a success as we met a number of new attendees and had fruitful discussions.

    AFGC will have information posted on its website from the conference and we will share this when available.

    We would like to get your feedback on NIRSC annual conference planning.  Please complete this short survey to help us plan for next year's conference.  This is your consortium and we'd like to help you get the most of your membership!  Just click on this link to go to the survey:

    Poll for NIRSC Annual Conference Planning



    2015 NIRSC Equations Release and Sign-up Schedule 

    The NIRSC has developed a staggered equation release schedule to better fit with our members' need for updated equations as new harvests come in.  Each member will sign up for all equations desired at the beginning of the year, with payment plan options available.  There will be an early-bird sign up system in which early sign up receives lower rates.  For more information click on the link:

    Equation Release & Sign-up Schedule


    Sign up for equations can be done online with a simple form.  The form will get reported back to the NIRSC business office and invoicing will follow.  Payment plans will be available so that each member can budget for equation fees over the year.  Go to this link to sign up online:

    Online 2015 NIRSC Equations Sign-up



    2015 NIRSC Board Elections

    The NIRSC nominating committee is completing a list of candidates for the 2015 board elections.  We hope to have a ballot ready within a week and the election completed in early February.  We look for your vote in the election and thank you for your participation!

     

     

     

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  • 30 May 2013 12:29 PM | Anonymous
    We have further information about the NIRS Consortium portion of the joint AOAC and NFTA conference being held June 3 through 6 at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI.  The agenda Conference agenda.NIRSC schedule5-29.pdf was developed by NIRS Consortium and NFTA with topics and speakers related to NIRS testing and reference methodology.  We have again planned a tour so please take a look at the page Tour sign up form2.pdf with tour information and sign up. We hope you can join us for a visit to the newly refurbished UW Diary Cattle Center and the US Dairy Forage Research Center. Lastly we have a sponsorship sponsorship form.pdf form.  Please consider making a contribution to help pay for our speakers and NIRS educational activities such as our sample handling workshop.  We are completely relying upon sponsorships to pay for our activities at this joint conference, so we appreciate your support!

    To register for this joint conference, you will need to do so through AOAC’s system.  You can register by visiting their website at http://www.midwestaoac.org/index.html

    If you have not booked lodging for the joint AOAC/NIRSC/NFTA conference June 3-6, you can still do so and get the $89 per night rate at the Kalahari Resort.  To get this rate, however, you will need to call the Kalahari at 877-525-2427 and explain you are with the Midwest AOAC joint conference and would like the $89 room rate.

     

    CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS:

    The proceedings from NIRSC or NFTA presentations will be available only electronically, posted on the NIRSC website after the conference.  If you would like to take notes during the presentations, please bring a notebook or the Kalahari does provide small note pages.

     

    TOUR INFORMATION:

    To register for the tour, please do so by filling out the form and returning to the NIRSC business office.  For the tour departure, please take a look at maps resortMap.pdf of the Kalahari resort.  On page 2 you will see the resort overview and entrances (marked with E’s).  Our tour bus can be identified by the company name Able Trek Tours on the side.  The bus will load in between the entrances by or near Damon’s restaurant and depart at 8:30am on Monday June 3rd.  There will be refreshments on the bus for the drive and we are expecting to stop on the way back for lunch, paid on your own.  We are planning to order ahead of time and pick up lunch at Culvers of Deforest and eat on the ride back to Wisconsin Dells.

  • 02 Apr 2013 4:11 PM | Anonymous

     

    NIRSC Newsletter and 2013 BOD

     

     


     

    GREETINGS!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    NIRSC April 2013 Newsletter

     

     

     

    NIRS Consortium Annual Conference 2013

    The 2013 NIRS Consortium Annual Conference will be held in conjunction with the Midwest AOAC Meeting and Exposition and NFTA meetings June 3-6, 2013.  The NIRS Consortium will issue a special packet of information with a schedule of our events within the AOAC program (under development).  You may visit the Midwest AOAC website at http://www.midwestaoac.org/index.html to get more information about the general program, registration, and hotel.  All NIRSC attendees will need to register through the Midwest AOAC system at this website.



    2013 Board of Directors

    The elections for the 2013 NIRSC Board of Directors was completed in January and Officers were elected in February.  Please go to Board and Committees  to see the list of board members and officers.

     

     

     

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  • 08 Jan 2013 3:12 PM | Anonymous

    January 2013 Newsletter

    January 8, 2013

     

     

     

     

     

    Annual Conference 2013

    We will be doing something quite different this year and having our annual conference in conjunction with NFTA and AOAC from June 3-6, 2013.  We will not be having a conference in February as we usually do.  The joint meetings will be held in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin at the Kalahari Resort and Conference center.  Please go to http://www.midwestaoac.org/index.html to see AOAC's page.  NIRSC will be announcing more information on our own sessions as they are planned.

    If you have any suggestions for sessions or topics, please send them to Patty Laskowski-Morren.

     

     

     

     

    Board Elections for 2013

    The NIRSC Board Elections for 2013 will be held in early January of 2013.  Thank you to all of those nominated and running for election to the board.  We appreciate your participation.  Please watch for the election ballot coming out this week!  Each fee-paying member gets one vote. 

  • 14 Aug 2012 4:23 PM | Anonymous


      August 2012 Newsletter
    August 14, 2012
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    Annual Dues 2012

      Annual Dues for the NIRS Consortium for 2012 are being invoiced at this time.  Usually we are well under way with receiving payments for dues at this time of year.  However, this year we have had substantial activity in NIRSC intellectual property work. The NIRSC has engaged the help of an IP attorney and we have developed an NIRS Consortium License Agreement.  This license agreement will apply to all members of the consortium.  What is so important about this agreement is that we are aiming to protect the work and achievements of our entire organization that all members have contributed to for years.  So when a member makes payment for 2012 dues and signs the License Agreement, the agreement will be retroactive as of January 1, 2012.

    The License Agreement will be sent to each member along with the invoice for 2012 annual dues.  Please contact Patty Laskowski-Morren with any questions.

     

     

     

     

     

    Equations Updates 2012

     

    Equations updates for 2012 are nearly completed!  We have updates for all products and include updates to individual parameters wherever it would improve a product equation set.  Of special interest is the completion of the 30hr digestibility equations for our products.  We will have about 100 samples for each product for the 30hr equations, so we will immediately begin to take new spectra for further updates.  We expect the equations to be ready by about Labor Day. 

     

     

     


     


     

    Board of Directors 2012

     

    The Board of Directors and Executive Committee for 2012 have the same line-up as 2011 and is as follows: Tim Hoerner, President; Dennis Walker, Vice President; Steve Fransen, Treasurer; Jerry Dekan; Tom Griggs; Doug Harland; Neal Martin, Ex Officio; Maria Monteros; David Sevenich; and Glenn Shewmaker. Please see our membership directory for the location and business home of each of our board members.

     

     

     

     

     



     


     

     

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  • 18 May 2012 10:30 AM | Anonymous
    The NIRSC is transitioning to a new website format through a service especially for membership organizations!  We hope you will find the format easier to use and information more accessible. 
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