The NIRS Consortium 2022 Annual Conference will be held in conjunction with the American Forage and Grassland (AFGC) Annual Conference January 9-11, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, Kansas.  All Consortium members who attend will be given the AFGC member rate for registration.  

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NIRS Consortium will be hosting two NIR workshops as well as a membership meeting and reception. 

The first workshop, Emerging NIR Technologies in Agriculture, features three speakers who will highlight the potential for in the field applications of NIRS technology as well as current limitations. The NIRSC does not support calibrations for in the field instrumentation nor has a partnership with these instrument vendors been established. This workshop should serve to instigate membership thought on future direction for the consortium with emerging technologies. Dr. Miguel Castillo of North Carolina State University will speak about his work comparing handheld instrumentation to benchtop instruments. Then, Rocky Lemus of Mississippi State University will explore the potential uses integrating NIRS with drone technology. Concluding the session, Dr. Paolo Berzaghi of GraiNit and University of Padova will explain limitations of accuracy and bottlenecks in utilizing NIRS technology in the field. 

The second workshop, Potential and Actual Forage Quality: Implications for Livestock Operations, will feature forage quality data from producers, the Southeast Hay Competition and explore opportunities for forage quality improvement and implications on animal nutrition. First, Dr. Lisa Baxter of the University of Georgia and Dr. Marcelo Wallau of the University of Florida will explore forage quality parameters from producer submitted samples to university laboratories in the southeast compared with those submitted to the Southeastern Hay Contest. Then Dr. Chris Teutsch NIRSC President and Extension Specialist at the University of Kentucky will examine opportunities for forage quality improvement, including potential for utilizing baleage in some environments. Finally, Dr. Paul Beck of Oklahoma State University will bring it all together speaking on the animal performance and economic impacts of forage quality.