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Locate your County Office Fee Schedule – Complete Fee Schedule – Interactive Submission Forms Georgia clients are encouraged to visit their local Extension office for sample submission and consultation. These services combined with unbiased interpretations and recommendations contribute to a competitive agriculture, a healthy environment and an improved quality of life. As a unit of the Cooperative Extension Service within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences the AESL achieves its mission primarily through the support of County Critical analysis Agents and other faculty members who are engaged in research and outreach activities. View our Fee Schedule for a complete listing of tests and their prices.

To submit samples to the labs, contact your County Extension Office. If you don’t have access to an Extension office, you can order a Soil Test Kit. This is more expensive than taking your samples to an Extension office, but it may be more convenient, especially if you have a small number of samples. It also makes a great gift. This laboratory performs analysis of soil, plant tissue, water, animal waste, sludge, and cotton petioles. This laboratory performs analysis of feeds, forages, foods, feed ingredients, natural waters, and industrial wastewater.

This laboratory performs analysis of insecticides, herbicides, and hazardous materials, and it provides numerous trace level elemental analyses for soil, plants, water, animal waste, sludge, and cotton petioles. Tour our Facilities If you’re ever in the Athens area, we’d love to show you our labs. We can give tours for school groups, Extension agents and secretaries, or other laboratories. Since this is a working laboratory, we need to keep group sizes relatively small, and a tour would not be appropriate for elementary or middle school students. Send us a message if you would like to schedule a tour.

It began in 1951 as a mobile laboratory on wheels and was discontinued in 1955 as a novel but impractical innovation. About that same time, soil testing laboratories were being established on the Athens, Griffin and Tifton campuses under the auspices of the Experiment Station. It proved difficult to coordinate and support soil testing laboratories at three widely scattered locations while also conducting research activities. This led to the consolidation of the soil testing functions at Athens in the mid-1960’s with administration shifted to the Cooperative Extension Service. As the program grew, more space was needed and plans were developed for a new laboratory.

Coinciding with the construction of the new laboratory, a plant analysis service was added and fees were inaugurated to help cover the cost of operations. 00 consisted of pH, lime requirement, P, K, Ca, and Mg. 00 per sample charge to recoup some of the losses. Just as had happened 20 years earlier, this proved unpopular and an initiative was launched within the Legislature to reinstate free soil tests for farmers only. 200,000 earmarked to offset the cost of farmer samples.