Reusable Water Bottles and Bacteria

If you have not read this article, Which Is Dirtier: Your Reusable Water Bottle or a Toilet Seat? by HILLARY EATON Last Updated: Sep 23, 2016 you really should. It is an interesting article and it really drives home the point that reusable water containers should be cleaned periodically. I also like how the article lists different

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Lead in Water – Additional Testing

Lead in water continues to make the news in communities across the country. Many school officials, business managers and homeowners are taking steps to discover more about the quality of their water supply.  A few months ago, I posted this article, Does Your Water Contain Lead? and we received a number of inquiries about this story. Lead

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Fire Warning – Linseed Oil

Have you thought about restoring the word work on your deck? If you are thinking about this process, you need to watch the following news story. It really highlights the danger of hot temperatures and flammability. In addition, the video really shows that cloths coated in oils can easily catch on fire because of hot

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Great Benefits For Fall Soil Grid Sampling Companies

2016 Fall Soil Sampling Here are some resources and benefits to Midwest Laboratories Soil Sampling Clients. To take advantage of these benefits, you will need a Midwest Laboratories Account. It only takes a couple of minutes to submit your information online and most accounts are setup the same day they are received during normal business hours.

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Midwest Laboratories – Your FSMA Partner

For the past year, I have been reading more and more about the FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) and all of the changes that will be affecting food growers, producers and retailers. In essence, the regulation really comes down to three key components: Hazard Analysis Preventive Controls  Produce Safety Midwest Laboratories has invested in new instrumentation,

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Analysis for Microcystin in Ponds and Lakes

This time of year, many area lakes and ponds test for the presence of microcystin. Microcystin, Microcystin, (otherwise known as blue-algae)  as defined by the EPA, “Microcystins are toxins produced by cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria are also known as blue-green algae and are ubiquitous in surface water when conditions are favorable for growth and formation of algal

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Manure Delivers Benefits

There is a great article in AGRI-NEWS, March 5, 2016 entitled, “Manure delivers soil health, crop nutrient benefits” by  Tom C. Doran The article looks at the benefits of manure from an economic standpoint: Depending on species and how much precipitation water is getting into that manure, every 1,000 gallons of liquid dairy or liquid

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Lead found in several schools drinking water

Across the country, schools are checking their drinking water for lead. Boston tested water in 26 different schools and found two schools with elevated levels of lead. Similar testing is being conducted around the country in homes, schools and businesses. The EPA has strict guidelines for lead in water. Any lead content over 15 ppb, (parts

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Does Your Water Contain Lead?

It is well-known of the current lead issues in drinking water in Flint Michigan. Now, a newly released article from USA Today, suggests the issues of lead in drinking water is more widespread throughout the United States than originally thought. The article states nearly 2000 water systems throughout all 50 states have tested with lead

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