Instrument Partners

Blue Sun Scientific, LLC is a US-based NIR manufacturer and global leader in providing high-quality laboratory and in-process analytical solutions for Food & Agricultural, Environmental, and Chemical Analysis. We have been designing and manufacturing analytical solutions since 1996 -- all of which we continue to support today. Our staff of application and technology managers continue to deliver the same expert support and service you have trusted for 25 years. Blue Sun is a proud vendor partner of the NIRS Forage and Feed Testing Consortium, with solutions tailored to meet the vast analytical needs of the forage industry.


FOSS is a company on a mission for a more sustainable use of the world’s food resources. Our mission is to contribute to the sustainable use of our planet’s agricultural resources and thus to the nutrition and health of the people of the world. FOSS provides dedicated analytical solutions that ensure optimal production of food and agricultural products. FOSS solutions analyze and control products during production to help optimize both quality and profit. FOSS forage solutions date back to the late 1980’s where the use of NIR was reserved mainly for academic environments. As industry requirements evolved so has FOSS forage solutions.



Unity Scientific, a KPM Analytics company,  is a leading provider of near infrared (NIR) analysis instrumentation to the agricultural, food, feed, and forage markets. With industry-leading expertise in near infrared (NIR) technology, Unity Scientific products are used for quality control applications within production processes and laboratory environments. Unity Scientific NIR analyzers are designed and built in Milford, MA, USA, and as a KPM Analytics brand, are supported by our global KPM sales, service, and authorized distribution network.




Reference Lab

The NIRSC utilizes two reference laboratories for wet chemistry analyses and all validation sets should be set to these for correct comparisons to the calibrations used:

Dairyland Laboratories, Inc.
217 E. Main Street
Arcadia, WI 54612
Phone: 608.323.2123

Cumberland Valley Analytical Services
4999 Zane A. Miller Drive
Waynesboro, PA 17268
Phone: 1.800.CVASLAB


Dairyland Laboratories
Dairyland Laboratories, Inc. is an independent, full service agricultural testing laboratoryoffering accurate analysis of feeds, forages, soil, plant tissues, manure, water, molds, and mycotoxins. Established in 1958 in Arcadia, WI, Dairyland Laboratories has grown to be one of the nation’s largest agricultural testing laboratories. Dairyland's methods to analyze feed and forage are based on the latest research findings in the industry, allowing for high quality reference chemistry use in NIRSC calibration development.


Cumberland Valley Analytical Services Cumberland Valley Analytical Services (CVAS) is an agricultural laboratory focused on providing feed and forage analysis services. Our technologies support animal production, feed manufacturing, agronomy, biofuel production, water quality, and manure management needs in the U.S. and globally. Our success in meeting client needs is evidenced by our broad client base, long-term relationships, and scale of operations. We look forward to discussing opportunities to support your analytical needs.


Certification Program

National Forage Testing Association
The National Forage Testing Association (NFTA) was founded in 1984 as a joint effort of the American Forage and Grassland Council, the National Hay Association and forage testing laboratories in a concentrated effort to improve the accuracy of forage testing and build grower confidence in testing animal feeds.  Each year the NFTA Board updates the certification program. New methods of grading laboratory performance have been introduced since NFTA was formed. Today, laboratories are evaluated six times a year. Performance grades are provided to laboratories to allow them to better evaluate their testing procedures and methods.  NIRSC is a certified member.