The Laboratory Services division accurately tests the samples submitted to assure the quality of agricultural products sold, to protect the environment, to diagnose animal diseases and to assure the correctness of weights and measures.
The production of high quality analytical data through the use of methods and measurements that are accurate, reliable, and adequate for the intended use.
Bureau of Standards
Fax: (405) 522-5457
The purpose and authority of the Bureau of Standards, as defined in Title 2, Article 14, Section 14-1 through 14-7 of the Oklahoma Statutes, is to provide the highest level of calibration for weighing and measuring standards for the State of Oklahoma. The statute also states that the Bureau will be made available to all state departments, municipal and private corporations, and citizens of this state. Current areas of service include mass (Echelon I, II, and III) and volume (gravimetric and volume transfer).
The Bureau provides accurate traceable standards to both legal and private metrology clientele. Legal metrology customers consist of weights and measures regulatory agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry’s Weights and Measures Program along with the Corporation Commission’s Liquid Measuring Device (Motor Fuel) Program. Private enterprise sectors served by the Bureau include aeronautics, aerospace, automotive, biomedical, energy, environmental, healthcare, manufacturing, nuclear, petroleum, and pharmaceutical industry (research & development and quality assurance) together with investigative work when requested.
The metrology laboratory of the Bureau is a certified participant in the Measurement Assurance Program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and all calibrations and tests performed by the Bureau are traceable to the SI (International System of Units). State metrologists attend the annual regional quality assurance program meeting (SWAP) for training and analysis of interlaboratory comparison data. The Bureau meets the criteria in ISO/IEC 17025:2005, ANSI/NCSL Z540-1-1994 Part 1, and is accredited as a calibration laboratory by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP Lab Code 200396-0).
The purpose of the Food and Dairy Section is to assure the quality, consumer protection, and the regulatory compliance of dairy products sold in the state. The section also does testing of some food products and water samples for bacterial contamination. Testing is also provided as a fee service to the general public. This section is an FDA Certified laboratory, FDA Certification Number 40008.
Phone: (405) 522-5434
The General Chemistry Section provides prompt and accurate testing of animal feed, fertilizer, and lime samples for regulatory compliance and consumer protection. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Laboratory is the only laboratory in the state of Oklahoma which performs label compliance testing for livestock feeds, pet foods, fertilizers, and agricultural liming materials. Product ingredients and contaminants are tested on samples submitted to the laboratory by state inspectors of the Consumer Protection Services (CPS) Division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. Testing is also provided as a fee based services to consumers, producers, and the general public. Analysis is conducted according to collaborative and/or published test methods from nationally and internationally recognized technical referee organizations and journals, such as the Association of Official Analytical Chemists – International, Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, and the American Oil Chemist’s Society.
The Inorganic Section provides testing of ground and surface water samples to ensure consumer protection and regulatory compliance. Its primary mission is to enable the characterization of environmental contamination related to agricultural activities or industries. This is accomplished by the analysis of water samples submitted by state inspectors of the Consumer Protection Services (CPS) division, Animal Industry Services (AIS), Forestry, and Agricultural Environmental Management Services (AEMS) of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. In addition, the Water Quality Section provides fee-based services to other state agencies and the general public.
The Pesticide Section provides testing of pesticide-related samples for regulatory compliance and consumer protection. Pesticide concentrates and formulations are tested for label compliance and contaminants. Pesticide application monitoring samples are tested for application rate compliance. Environmental samples are submitted to the laboratory by state inspectors of the Consumer Protection Services (CPS), Forestry and Water Quality Divisions of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. Testing is also provided as a fee-based service to consumers and producers
The Seed Section provides prompt and accurate testing of seed samples for regulatory compliance and consumer protection. Regulations governing seed production, marketing and testing are given by the Federal Seed Act, the Oklahoma Seed Law, and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture rules and regulations. Testing is conducted according to procedures set forth by the Association of Official Seed Analysts. Samples are submitted to the laboratory by the state inspectors of the Consumer Protection Services (CPS) division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. Testing is also provided as a fee service to consumers and to seed producers for labeling purposes, prior to marketing a product.
The Serology Section assists State and Federal programs in the control and eradication of animal diseases by providing diagnostic services to Oklahoma accredited veterinarians and animal owners. The State/Federal Cooperative Laboratory, which is part of this section, is recognized by National Veterinary Services Laboratory (USDA) as a regulatory disease lab for the diagnosis of regulated diseases in large animals. Diagnostic testing is performed for Brucellosis, Pseudorabies, and Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). These diagnostic tests are approved by the USDA as official tests which qualify for interstate and international shipments.
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Laboratory Services Division is committed to the use of “Good Laboratory Practices” (GLP) in achieving the highest quality analytical results. In order to ensure that GLPs are followed, the ODAFF Laboratory has established a quality system that is overseen by a QA Manager. This quality system is supported by independent review of analytical results, participation in appropriate proficiency testing programs, internal audits, proper document control, implementation of necessary corrective actions, and feedback from clients. The ODAFF Laboratory invites clients to discuss methods and results by contacting the QA Manager. Clients requesting split samples for independent testing are asked to do so in writing or electronic mail through the QA Manager.
Phone: (405) 522-5431
Fax: (405) 522-0543
- Tanna Hartington; Director, (405) 522-5432
- Jamie Pirrong; Administrative Programs Officer, (405) 522-4907
- Taryn Hurley; QA Manager, (405) 522-3510
- Laurie Mercer; Administrative Assistant II, (405) 522-5433
- Jeanne McKee; Administrative Technician III, (405) 522-5431
- Pete Bourns; Microbiologist IV, (405) 522-5449
- Karen Kwok; Laboratory Technician II, (405) 522-5448
Bureau of Standards
- Jeremy Nading; Metrologist IV, (405) 522-5459
- Amanda Kramer; Metrologist I, (405) 522-5459
- Jacob Whitten; Laboratory Technician I, (405) 522-5459
- Wade Krivanek; Seed Program Administrator, (405) 522-5452
- Brenda Gilbert; Seed Analyst II, (405) 522-5456
- Tori Gillispie; Seed Analyst II, (405) 522-5456
Feed, Fertilizer & Lime
- Jennifer Busey; Chemist IV, (405) 522-5443
- Johnathan White; Chemist II, (405) 522-5442
- Bryan Fritz; Chemist I, (405) 522-5442
- Winnie Zajac-McConaghy; Chemist I, (405) 522-5442
- John Holden; Laboratory Technician I, (405) 522-5442
Food & Dairy
- Sharon Swyear; Chemist IV, (405) 522-5434
- Daniel Tripp; Lab Scientist II, (405) 522-5458
- Michael Ferry; Lab Scientist I, (405) 522-5458
- Usha Pandey-Kadel, Chemist IV, (405) 522.5436
- Yvette Turner; Chemist III, (405) 521-2597
- David Smith; Chemist II, (405) 521-2597
- Eli Klimek; Chemist I, (405) 521-2597
- Kandy Ferry; Laboratory Technician I, (405) 521-2597
Water and Inorganics
- Elena Lyon; Chemist IV, (405) 522-5444
- Sandy Krivanek; Chemist I, (405) 522-5445
- Kerry Royko; Chemist I, (405) 522-5444
- David Drake; Laboratory Technician II, (405) 522-5445