NIRS Forage and Feed Testing Consortium

January 2015 Newsletter

27 Jan 2015 12:34 AM | Anonymous


 NIRSC Newsletter
 January 27, 2015















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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