Increased Well Water Testing

I came across this article, “NBC-17 Investigates: Well water testing triples for state lab”  this morning and could not help and think that private laboratories such as Midwest Laboratories are setup to handle testing large sample volumes for VOC’s -Volative Organic Compounds. Testing well water is always a good idea each year to insure that

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Dining out and Germs

Did you see the 20/20 Documentary regarding bacteria in restaurants? You have to watch this video. The information will astound you with respect to germ presence in restaurants. Watch More News Videos at ABC | 2012 Presidential Election | Entertainment & Celebrity News photo credit: Svadilfari via photopin cc

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Soil Sampling Techniques

Check out this soil sampling video. It really gives some good tips regarding soil sampling! A number of growers are looking closely at data and are finding that some soil report information may not be accurate because of the way the sample was taken.  A good, representative sample from a known depth is really the

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Sending Samples to a Laboratory

Most of the time when I talk to clients about performing analysis, there is the other sense of stress with respect to shipping the sample to Midwest Laboratories. Sample Packaging Shipping samples does take a bit of homework with respect to packaging and understanding shipping regulations. Most items are ok to ship, however, samples containing

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Radiation from Cell Phones

Could cell phones really be dangerous to our health? Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Check out this information from C|NET A cell phone’s SAR, or its Specific Absorption Rate, is a measure of the amount of radio frequency (RF) energy absorbed by the body when using the handset. All cell phones emit RF energy

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November Lawn Tip – Not too late to Seed

Right now is a great time to seed your lawn. There is a great article on the University of Minnesota Extension Site, “Dormant Seeding Lawns: Last chore of the season?” This article goes into great detail about some ways to insure a productive lawn by next spring. As for myself, this is the time of

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The Growth of Organic Food Production in Australia

Australia produces more organic food than any other country in the world. The 2012 Organic Report is out and can be downloaded from the Biological Farmers of Australia Website. The estimate of Australian farm-gate sales of certified organic produce is $300,637,412 – a rise of 34.67%  over the two years to 2012 or 16% per annum.

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Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

There are a number of relief efforts occurring as we speak. It will take time to get back to some normalcy. These pictures really show the amount of damage that occurred as a result of this event. Consider a donation to the Red Cross   The Red Cross continues to focus on reaching as many

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Post Hurricane Sandy – Long Waits

I was listening to a New York Radio station this morning and its unbelievable to hear about the long lines for gas and transportation. A number of people are trying to keep their cars and generators going during this difficult time. Check out more in this story and keep these people in your prayers this

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Hurricane Sandy Cleanup

Check out this video news story and try to get a sense of the massive cleanup that will need to occur over the next several weeks. 47 miles of subway track underwater Pumping up contaminated water Health hazzards with respect to cleanup Repairing tracks and roads Hauling out debris buried in tunnels and the list

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