STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19

Due to the state’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the staff at the Kansas Department of Agriculture has been asked to work remotely beginning April 6. During this time, our headquarters and field offices will remain closed to the public. Please keep in mind that while we work from our homes, our response times may be a bit slower. We ask for your patience as we work through these changing times.

If you need assistance during this interim period, please direct your questions to the Agriculture laboratory via email, Sarah.DeDedonder@ks.gov or leave a message at 785-564-6700. We will respond as soon as possible.

The KDA coronavirus page has guidance documents and ag-related industry links. For more information about the State of Kansas response to COVID-19, please consult the KDHE Resource Center.

Agricultural Laboratory

The mission of the Kansas Department of Agriculture Agricultural Laboratory is to establish, maintain and improve analytical laboratory services for the Meat and Poultry Inspection, Dairy Inspection, Agricultural Commodities Assurance Program (ACAP), Pesticide and Fertilizer, and Food Safety and Lodging Inspection programs.  All samples submitted are subjected to the highest possible standards of accuracy and precision in order to provide credible and defensible analytical results.  This is done to protect the health and safety of all Kansans and to facilitate accuracy in labeling of products offered for sale in our state.

Samples submitted to the laboratory come through investigators or inspectors within the Kansas Department of Agriculture.  The laboratory does not accept samples directly from the public.

The success of the laboratory is due to the expertise of our highly trained staff and our precision instrumentation.  Analysts in each laboratory section successfully participate in relevant national and international proficiency testing programs.

The KDA Laboratory performs a wide range of diverse testing across several different laboratory sections.  These sections are Dairy, Microbiology/Meat, Feed and Fertilizer, Prohibited Materials/BSE, and Pesticides.  Click on the links to the left to learn more about the types of samples and testing for each.