Agricultural Chemistry Department Profile

Mark LeBlanc  |  10/1/2010 5:42:46 PM

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Agricultural Chemistry Department
Room 102 Ag Chemistry Building
110 LSU Union Square
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-0001

Phone: 225-342-5812

Fax: 225-342-0027

Office Hours:  7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday

Mark LeBlanc, Ph.D.
Department Head

Website:
www.LSUAgCenter.com/departments/Ag_Chemistry

Research Focus:
Researchers within the LSU AgCenter utilize the Agricultural Chemistry Department for analytical services required by their research projects.

Regulatory Focus:
Agricultural Chemistry is the official laboratory responsible for analyzing agricultural chemicals and other farm input components.

Extension Focus:
The Agricultural Chemistry Department provides analytical support for extension personnel of the LSU AgCenter.

Highlights
The Agricultural Chemistry Department provides analytical chemistry support to the research and extension efforts of the LSU AgCenter. Analyses are performed on plant and animal tissues, soil, water, feeds, fertilizers, pesticides, agricultural chemicals and agricultural commodities. The laboratory will analyze these sample types for the general public for a fee. In addition, Agricultural Chemistry provides regulatory monitoring of animal feeds, pet foods, plant food and agriculture liming materials for the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

Research Highlights
Researchers within the LSU AgCenter utilize the Agricultural Chemistry analytical capabilities to perform tests for protein, fat and fiber in feeds; nutrients and metals in water; chemical residue matrices; antibiotic use in feeds; PCBs in marine mammals; melamine in feeds; and other studies. Laboratory equipment available within the Agricultural Chemistry unit includes state-of-the-art, multiple gas and liquid chromatographs, ICP and tandem mass spectrometers.

Regulatory Highlights
Agricultural Chemistry is the analytical laboratory for the Division of Pesticide and Environmental Programs of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and is responsible for analyzing agricultural chemicals and other farm-input components as part of the regulatory enforcement of pesticides, feed, pet foods, fertilizers and limes and for the meat inspection program for the state of Louisiana. Analyses are performed on plant and animal tissues, soil, water, feeds, pet foods, fertilizers, pesticide formulations, marketplace samples of pesticides, structural mixes, agricultural chemicals, agricultural commodities, water monitoring, disinfectants, damage complaints, veterinary pharmaceuticals and meat and seafood products. The Agricultural Chemistry Laboratory is a member of the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN).

Extension Highlights
Agricultural Chemistry provides analytical support for LSU AgCenter extension personnel and the general public for a fee. Tours of the facility for classes and professional groups are available on appointment.

Significance of Programs
The regulatory, research and extension work done by the Agricultural Chemistry Department includes analyses of more than 10,000 samples per year. In addition, Louisiana consumers are assured quality product purchases with registration and review of product labels on feeds, pet foods, fertilizer and agricultural liming products. The Department also provides analytical support for the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Agricultural Chemistry Department Facts

  • Building: 53,000 square feet
  • Employees: 21
  • Inorganic samples
    • Feed
    • Liquid Fertilizer
    • Dry Fertilizer
    • Research
    • Miscellaneous
  • Organic samples
    • Residue
    • Formulations
  • Research Samples
    • Water
    • Feed
    • Fertilizer
    • Chemical residue
    • Plant tissue
Future Plans
In 2009, the Agricultural Chemistry Laboratory was accepted into FERN laboratory system. This endeavor allowed Agricultural Chemistry to enter into a cooperative agreement with the USDA FSIS, which will provide an exciting future for expansion of laboratory work and research dynamics for the LSU AgCenter. The addition of new types of analytic chemistry equipment will allow researchers to seek answers using chemical and microbiological methodologies previously unavailable. Additional cooperative agreements are expected with this association.  
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