NIRSC Categories of Membership 2020 


All NIRSC Members are required to sign the NIRS Forage and Feed Testing Consortium License Agreement. The Agreement is renewed annually with payment of fees. 

 Commercial Member 

  • Includes commercial testing laboratories and other commercial entities
  • Expected to participate by submitting spectra and samples
  • Uses NIRSC calibrations for commercial use
  • Voting member

 Instrument Partner Member

  • A commercial entity
  • Not required to submit spectra or wet chemistry
  • Receives NIRSC calibrations for demonstration and installation purposes
  • Helps develop calibrations for new instrument platforms
  • Not required to pay new membership fee
  • Contributes to NIRSC with expertise and collaboration
  • Voting member

 Research/Non-Profit Member

  • Uses NIRSC calibrations for research and/or non-profit use
  • Does not compete with commercial labs
  • Expected to participate by submitting samples annually
  • Voting member

 Sponsorship Member

  • Does not receive NIRSC calibrations
  • Not required to pay new member setup fee
  • Can contributes to NIRSC with expertise, collaboration, samples, spectra, and support
  • Voting member

 Collaborator Member 

  • Special application only, approved by the Board of Directors
  • A public and non-profit entity
  • May use NIRSC calibrations for research and/or non-profit uses
  • Collaborates above and beyond normal membership responsibilities
  • Voting member

 Breeder Member

  • Special application only, approved by the Breeder Members Group and the Board of Directors
  • A commercial entity that participates in cost sharing for new constituents of interest
  • Receives NIRSC specific calibration
  • Uses NIRSC calibrations for genetic research 
  • Expected to participate by submitting spectra and samples
  • Voting member

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