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.
NFTA is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors governed by the National Forage Testing Association By-Laws. Six directors represent laboratories, three represent the National Hay Association, and three represent the American Forage and Grassland Council.
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.
The NFTA also uses committees and task forces to accomplish its objects. Recently, NFTA has held annual workshops in conjunction with the annual AOAC International Midwest Meetings. These workshops offer participants an excellent chance to hear the latest research and developments in forage testing methods.
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