The Laboratory Division provides scientific and analytical services for the programs of the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development and other agencies. In addition, the division provides testing services on a fee basis to Michigan's industry and private citizens.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development's William C. Geagley Laboratory ranks as one of the top pesticide and food safety laboratories in the nation, and serves as one of the most important consumer protection watchdogs in the state.
The laboratory examines samples of gasoline, foods, beverages, pesticides and feeds to verify labels, ensure compliance with state and federal regulations and to guarantee product quality and sanitation. The lab monitors food and feed for contaminants and tests livestock to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. The lab performs octane, alcohol, and lead tests on gasoline and also tests diesel for flashpoint and water contamination to help ensure the quality of motor fuels purchased by Michigan citizens.
The E. C. Heffron Metrology Laboratory is one of a handful of state labs in the country to achieve accreditation at the highest precision of calibration through the National Voluntary Lab Accreditation Program (NVLAP) (view NVLAP Certificate of Accreditation 200408-0). The laboratory has also received the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Certificate of Measurement Traceability (view NIST Certificate of Measurement Traceability). These accomplishments allow the laboratory to provide the highest quality calibration services to the state's Motor Fuels Quality and Weights and Measures enforcement and inspection programs.
The laboratory provides mass, volume, and force calibrations. The laboratory also serves Michigan's automotive, pharmaceutical, chemical, service and other high-tech industries requiring traceable calibrations by an accredited source.
Service to Citizens and Industry
The Laboratory Division offers a variety of fee based analytical services to Michigan's citizens and industry through its Geagley and Heffron facilities including disease animal testing, and weights and measures calibrations.