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What We Do

Our mission is to provide reliable and defendable analytical results for the Department of Agriculture's Feed, Fertilizer, Pesticide, Hemp, and Groundwater Protection programs, as well as to the public on a fee-for-service basis.

Operating under an agreement between the Department and the Montana State University's Montana Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) enables the laboratory to reduce operating costs by sharing facilities, personnel, equipment, and operations. This ensures that farmers, ranchers, state and federal agencies, the public, and researchers receive analytical services in a timely and economical manner.

The laboratory is accredited to the ISO17025 standard for specific test methods and is certified by the National Forage Testing Association (NFTA) for forage testing.

 

We Analyze:

  • Feed
  • Fertilizer
  • Pesticide residues in soil/vegetation/water
  • Water (Livestock)
  • Forage

Please contact the lab directly about unique sample types or about our QA/QC practices.

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Feed, Forage & Misc

Notification: The lab offers nitrate testing on Fridays. Please submit your samples by 4:00pm Thursday in order to meet the deadline.


Sample Submission Guidelines

Approval is required to submit samples to the laboratory for out of state customers. Please contact us at 406-577-7917 to obtain approval prior to shipping any sample(s) to the laboratory.


Sample Size

    • Hay/Straw/Other Feedstuffs: Gallon Ziploc bag ~ 3/4 full
    • Water (Livestock Only): ~ 1 to 2 quarts in a non-glass container
    • Other: Contact the laboratory. 


Sampling Procedure

    • Hay/Straw/Other Feedstuffs:
      • DO NOT INCLUDE SOIL IN THE SAMPLE.
      • Cut standing plants to obtain the same portion as would be harvested (or eaten).
      • Field: Walk the field in a "W" pattern & take a sample at each point of the W.
      • Hay bales/stacks: Probe. Do not mix different types or cuttings of forage. Take as many cores as possible, at least twenty per stack, more for larger or dissimilar lots.
    • Other: Contact the laboratory.


Shipping

    • We do not accept samples that have deteriorated or become compromised.
    • Ship Monday - Thursday so that samples arrive on a weekday.
    • DO NOT SHIP ON FRIDAY OR BEFORE A HOLIDAY.
    • Refrigerate water samples prior to shipping.
    • Hay/Straw/Other Feedstuffs:
      • Ship wet sample(s) in a plastic bag & add "blue ice" packs to prevent spoilage.
    • All Liquid Type Samples (i.e. water; liquid feed): Package carefully to prevent leaking during shipment.


Sample Discount

To be eligible for the discount, samples must be submitted at the same time for the same test.

    • 1-2 Samples: No Discount
    • 3-6 Samples: 10% Discount
    • 7+ Samples: 20% Discount


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Pesticide


Sample Submission Guidelines

Approval is required to submit samples to the laboratory. Please contact us at 406-577-7917 to obtain approval prior to shipping sample(s) to the laboratory.

    • Complete the Pesticide Sample Submission Form.
    • Provide all information requested.
    • Ensure each sample submitted is uniquely identified.
    • Sample turn around time is dependent on the laboratory workload and the number of tests requested (typically 3-4 weeks ).


Sample Size

    • Vegetation: gallon size Ziploc bag ~3/4 full. Do not include soil or roots.
    • Soil: ~2 to 3 cups in a secure container.
    • Water and miscellaneous samples: Please contact the laboratory.


Shipping

    • Freeze soil and vegetation samples prior to shipping.
    • Refrigerate water samples prior to shipping.
    • We do not accept samples that have deteriorated or become compromised.
    • Ship OVERNIGHT on ice or blue ice in a cooler so samples remain refrigerated during shipment.
    • Ship Monday - Thursday so that samples arrive on a weekday.
    • DO NOT SHIP ON FRIDAY OR BEFORE A HOLIDAY.


Sample Security

    • A sample security report is available for regulatory or litigation situations and costs an additional $25/sample.
    • Notify the laboratory of sample security by checking the box located on the sample submission form and include a chain of custody form.


Pesticide Reference List

    • Not every pesticide and/or metabolite is available for testing in every matrix.
    • This list is not complete, but is meant to provide an idea of our scope of work.
    • Please contact the laboratory for information regarding your pesticide of interest.

Download the full Pesticide Reference List (PDF format).


Analysis Fees

Prices Effective August 2018 

Matrix Individual Analyte Multiple Analytes
Water $200.00 $400.00
Soil $250.00 $300.00
Vegetation $250.00 $300.00


Sample Discount

To be eligible for the discount, samples must be submitted at the same time for the same test.

    • 1-2 Samples: No Discount
    • 3-6 Samples: 10% Discount
    • 7+ Samples: 20% Discount

Quality Assurance

The laboratory strives to provide the highest quality of results possible through strict QA/QC protocols, proficiency testing, and ISO 17025 accredited methods.

ISO/IEC 17025

The laboratory is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 for the specific tests listed on A2LA Certificate Number 2694.01: A2LA Accreditation Certificate

Measurement Uncertainties:

      • Amprolium: 6%
      • Chlorinated Acid Herbicide Group: 35%
      • Decoquinate: 20%
      • Dicamba (0.020ppm RL): 27%
      • Glufosinate: 37%
      • Glyphosate: 20%
      • Imidazolinone Group: 36%
      • Lasalocid sodium: 8%
      • Monensin sodium: 8%
      • Moisture in forages: 2%
      • Moisture in animal feed and dry pet food: 3%
      • Moisture in wet pet food: 1%
      • Nitrogen (total) in fertilizers: 4%
      • Protein: 4%
      • Vitamin A: 38%


Certification

The laboratory is certified in forage analysis by NFTA.


Proficiency Testing

The laboratory participates in the following proficiency testing programs every year:

      • National Forage Testing Association (NFTA)
      • Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)
      • Magruder (Fertilizer)
      • EPA pesticide residues in soil and plant tissue

For more information, refer to the A2LA website and the National Forage Testing Association website.  


Payment Options

  • Pay by check or Interunit Journal as described on the invoice.
  • Pay by credit card over the phone. Contact: Ingrid Mallo Fiscal Officer, Central Services Division Phone : (406) 444-5405 E-mail : IMallo@mt.gov

Analytical Lab News

Governor Gianforte Proclaims March 22 - 26 Montana Agriculture Week!

Montana Agriculture Week: March 22 - 26, 2021

Governor Gianforte Proclaims March 22 - 26 Montana Agriculture Week!

Governor Greg Gianforte has proclaimed March 22 - 26, 20201 Montana Agriculture Week!

Click here to view the full proclamation.

Documents to download

Montana Department of Revenue Has Begun Process to Make Licenses Available for Recreational Marijuana Cultivation and Sale

MT Dept. of Revenue will make licenses available for recreational marijuana cultivation and sale by October 1, 2021

Montana Department of Revenue Has Begun Process to Make Licenses Available for Recreational Marijuana Cultivation and Sale

The Montana Department of Revenue has begun the process to make licenses available for recreational marijuana cultivation and sale by October 1, 2021, following the recent voter approval of Initiative 190. 

Under the new law, the department will license and regulate the cultivation, transportation and sale of marijuana and marijuana-infused products, will inspect premises where marijuana is cultivated or sold, and will collect the 20 percent tax on the retail sales of the products. 

Only currently licensed providers in the Montana Medical Marijuana Program may apply for the new non-medical licenses for the first 12 months they are available. 

Anyone interested in receiving updates on the department’s activities related to I-190 can sign up with the department at MTRevenue.gov/Marijuana

Jona Verreth
Laboratory Bureau Chief

Phone : (406) 577-7918
E-mail : JVerreth@mt.gov
McCall Hall, Montana State University
PO Box 173620
Bozeman, MT 59717-3620

 

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