Driving Smart Decisions – September Update

New/Exciting Changes at MidwestLabs.com We updated our site! Why do you care? Well, we made sure to put your needs first. Updates have been made to the search functionality, navigation, and Industry section for tests. Find what you are looking for quicker and accessible. Not sure what you are looking for? Utilize our text, email,

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Driving Smart Decisions – August Update

Welcome It’s an exciting time to be at and working with Midwest Laboratories as we continue to move forward with innovative processes and initiatives to serve our customer’s needs. The business landscape is continuing to move at a vigorous pace. We are a company who believes staying innovative and ahead of the curve is essential.

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Driving Smart Decisions – July Update

Welcome The Fourth of July is typically the half-way mark for summer. A time of celebration and giving thanks for our freedoms as U.S. Citizens July Announcements Stay Tuned: This month we will have some new initiatives we will be rolling out for our clients. These items are in the final stages of testing and

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Best if Used By/Best Before, Sell-By, Use-By

Shelf Life, Testing, Food

What does best if used by mean? In my house, I’m notorious for throwing out items when the use-by date reads expired. And, I’m usually in trouble for doing such. Personally, I’ve always erred on the side of caution. My wife, on the other hand, believes it’s important to do a quick sensory test. She

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Driving Smart Decisions – May Update

Soil, Planting, Plants

Welcome May is here, and so are the warm temperatures. This spring we continue to see an increase in the number of new accounts and client inquiries. We have taken some steps this month to help facilitate this increase by offering clients the ability to communicate via text message. This new system is excellent for mobile

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Mineral Content of Beef Cattle Forages

Investment in forage analysis We were inspired by a recent article penned by Jim Sprinkle, Extension Beef Specialist at the University of Idaho. Jim detailed how to save dollars on mineral programs by determining the mineral status of ranch forages (January 2018; Progressive Cattleman). He suggested sampling and analyzing forage twice a year: at the

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Driving Smart Decisions – March 2018

Welcome It is an exciting time of the year. We are coming out of winter and temperatures are starting to warm-up quickly. (See Graphic: Source greencastonline.com). Current Soil Temperatures in Omaha, 31 degrees F. for March 2, 2018. Many clients begin ordering their spring sampling supplies. Today, this process is a 4-step process with login on

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MIDWEST LABORATORIES ANNOUNCES NEW OVERNIGHT SHIPPING PROGRAM

LaVista, NE – Midwest Laboratories announced during the 2018 Agronomy seminar, beginning March 1, 2018, they are launching a new FedEx Overnight Shipping Solution, exclusive for Midwest Laboratories clients. In order to get the data their clients need to make critical business decisions; Midwest Laboratories will now offer $20 overnight flat rate freight for packages

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Salmonella can be found in raw & dry pet foods?

Salmonella, Pet Food

Harmful bacteria Your customers expect raw, dry and canned pet food to be well tested and safe for their pet’s consumption. However, if mishandled, raw, canned and even dry pet food will put your customer and their furry friend at risk of Salmonella or other harmful bacteria. At Midwest Laboratories, we understand that recalls hurt

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Driving Smart Decisions – January 2018

Welcome to 2018 At Midwest Laboratories, we are anticipating another exciting year of analysis. In 2017, we updated many laboratory instruments and that investment paid off nicely with the receipt of large volumes of samples in various departments. One of our goals is to identify specific analysis areas that can be updated through technology and

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August Update 2017

August Newsletter For many, August 21, 2017, cannot get here soon enough. Solar Eclipse 2017 is almost upon us. Many in the science community are preparing to observe this once in a lifetime event. Fall Sampling Supplies Make sure you get your sampling supplies ordered. This past week, I took a closer look at supplies

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April Update 2017

Introduction Welcome to April. The recent rainfall will soon have grass, trees and plants budding. The recent warm winter has accelerated these activities along with the current soil temperatures, (See Map) which are quite warm for this time of year. From an analysis perspective, the lab areas at Midwest Laboratories are always evaluating current instrumentation

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March 2017 update

Spring is almost here. This past month we’ve had a slight taste of spring/summer with temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s. It has made for an exciting February. Soil sample volumes are up with the warmer temperatures. The Animal Feed Laboratory is almost completed. Once complete, the Animal Feed Laboratory will have its own receiving,

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February 2017 Update

In January we unveiled a whole new website look.  It is our goal going forward to continue to provide visitors with as much analysis information we can provide on analysis, method, turnaround time and cost. If you are looking for a particular analysis, consider going to our test section and locating your specific analysis. Taking

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New Website Update for 2017

Welcome to the new, midwestlabs.com site! This process started in May 2016 and came to fruition in January 2017. This site is the cornerstone of a new client experience. The new site will allow users the ability to find analysis information faster, with fewer clicks. One of the best parts of the site is the

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Pet Treat Testing Package

Analysis The Pet Treat Package is a very popular analysis package for people looking to sell pet treats in the marketplace or online. Many people wonder where to start when it comes to analysis.  The recommended place to start is the BASIC TREAT PACKAGE – $30 Analysis Includes: Moisture Crude Protein Fat (acid hydrolysis) Crude

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Your FSMA Partner

food, storage, FSMA

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. Three key components: Hazard Analysis Preventive Controls  Produce Safety Midwest Laboratories has invested in new instrumentation, new facilities, and method development to meet

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Kids and Protein Shakes

Which foods contain the highest protein? Should kids drink protein drinks to insure they get enough protein?

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Analysis Planning for 2014

This time of year the client services staff receives many inquiries through phone calls and the company website. It is a great time to call-in and have questions answered with respect to analysis capabilities and pricing information for budget planning purposes. This information is also very helpful to our Midwest Laboratories staff. Each year we

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Pet Treat Analysis

Lately there have been a number of reports of tainted treats and recalls regarding pet treats. This really gives all treats a bad name. If I was a pet treat producer, at home or in full-scale production, my only reaction would be to make sure the quality of my product was documented and communicated to

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Quality Pet Treats

Almost everyday we receive inquiries and questions regarding pet treat analysis. Many people across the country are getting into this market and developing their own natural treat products in their homes. Just type the words “pet treats” as part of a Google Search and you will see over 123,000,000 results. Pet owners want to give

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The Homemade Pet Treat Business is Booming

I came across this article today, “Bow wow chow: How to make easy, healthy treats for your dog at home” 62% – This figure represents the number of U.S. households that have a pet. 78.2 million – Of this 62% figure, 78.2 million are dogs Source: American Pet Products Association I think these figures speak

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Rush Samples

Around the holidays, clients consistently need rush analysis. Today, I received a call from a client who needs analysis records for an important business transaction tomorrow.  At Midwest Laboratories, these type of requests are pretty regular. It is for this reason that our company does not take an extended vacation time. Companies rely on the

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10 Items to consider when winterizing your home

This fall in the midwest has been an unusually warm, dry season.  As the temperatures fall as we get closer to the end of November and approach December, it is always a good idea to look at ways to prepare our homes for winter.  I came across this article, Winterizing Your Home and it has

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Pet Owners and Organic Food

I came across this article, “Pets join in on the organic food trend”  in the LA Times, July 18, 2011.  This is a very informative article that has a lot of good information on this latest trend. I would like to point out some of the key points that struck me. “At Petco, a number

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Missouri Agriculture Site

Missouri adds a new website for agriculture!!! (It will be the trendsetter for other states) AgriMissouri Take a look at this site. It took me at least two minutes to check out all of the menus. I really liked the following Menu Items MOGROWN Here you can view produce specific to Missouri like nuts, eggs,

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Pet Treat Producers

It is always refreshing to hear good stories from people starting their own companies and trying to make a difference. Case in Point, Rescue Me Dog Bakery. This company is similar to other Pet Treat Producers where there is a common theme to create a natural product that is safe and nutritional for pets and

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Salmonella in Dry Pet Food

A new study has found a link between kids getting sick and having dogs and cats that were fed dry pet food. Pet food and treats  should be handled and then hands should be washed to minimize any possible risks of salmonella from dried pet food. Check out this video for more information. Something to

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Why testing pet food is necessary?

Pet Food and Pet Treat Testing is a given in today’s world.  It is a given that certain proximate testing  for protein, fiber, fat and moisture need to be conducted and reported accordingly. Other items also need to be taken into consideration, that may be just as important. The following items were highlighted in an

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Making your own pet treats

Do any of you make your own pet treats? I have received a number of questions from clients who are wanting to know the nutritional value of the treats they make.  I decided to see if I could find out how popular it is to make your own pet treats. I came across this site,

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