GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- The Montana State Grain Laboratory will hold an open house May 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. to show off energy efficiency improvements and remodeling of the laboratory at 821 17th Street North in Great Falls.
Contractors of the project will be on hand and tours of the facility will be available.
"Come in, meet the staff and learn a bit more about what we do. We are proud of our staff and of the improvements to the laboratory and offices," said Jeff Rumney, chief of the State Grain Laboratory Bureau.
Changes in the laboratory's physical layout including the separation of machines from customer interactions will benefit both staff and customers who deliver grain samples or correspond by phone, Rumney said.
Another open house will be held 1-4 p.m. June 5 at the Plentywood office at 121 North Main Street, Suite B, in Plentywood. The Plentywood office does sampling and inspection of pea and lentil crops for growers in northeastern Montana. That event is being held in conjunction with a 2 p.m. meeting of pulse growers in the Plentywood office to discuss pulse crop grading methods and standards.
The State Grain Laboratory is the only federally licensed crop quality testing facility in Montana. It operates within guidelines established by the USDA Federal Grain Inspection Service and the Montana Grain Standards Act. Producers have the right when selling their crops to request official analysis at the State Grain Lab to assure unbiased testing for grain quality.
For more information, contact the State Grain Lab at (406) 452-9561 in Great Falls or at (406) 765-1005 in Plentywood, or by e-mail at JRumney@mt.gov.
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Montana Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 1397
Great Falls, MT 59403
Phone: (406) 452-9561
Published: May 24, 2012 10:00:00 AM MDT.
Last Modified: July 13, 2012 1:18:13 PM MDT