The Feed, Fertilizer, and Ag Lime (FFAL) Laboratory tests feeds, fertilizers, and agricultural lime products for compliance with labeling claims made by the manufacturers of those products. The laboratory also tests samples for adulteration and contamination. Examples of this work are the detection of drug and antibiotic residue and the presence of mycotoxins, in animal feeds and commodities.
The last nine years, the laboratory has been awarded a federal grant to perform testing on animal feeds for the presence of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or "Mad Cow Disease". This program helps to identify "prohibited materials" specifically in cattle feeds and other ruminant animals, based on regulations set by the FDA. Another part of the grant includes testing pet foods for the presence of Salmonella.