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NMSU Soil, Water, Ag testing lab to close June 30

New Mexico State University plans to close its Soil, Water and Agricultural Testing laboratory by the end of June.

The closure comes at a time when large private labs are in a position to offer the same services as the NMSU SWAT lab in a more efficient way due to the private labs' much larger customer base. When the NMSU lab was started in 1973, such large private labs were not as established and the NMSU lab served a clientele of faculty, members of the public and state agencies that did not have as many options as they do now.

A handful of positions may be affected by the closure, but efforts are being made to ensure the impact is as minimal as possible in the months leading to the closure. The lab currently employs nine people, several of whom plan to retire.

In addition, steps are being taken to direct the remaining clientele to the various options they have with other labs to meet their testing needs. A list of alternative labs can be found at http://cooperseeds.com/seed_pdf/PSI_SoilLabs3.pdf. Four additional labs in New Mexico not included on that list are: Hall Environmental Analysis Lab, Albuquerque, N.M. 505-345-3975; New Mexico Department of Health, Albuquerque, N.M. 505-383-9000; New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, Socorro, N.M. 575-835-5160; and Summit Environmental, Albuquerque, N.M. 505-345-3335.