The Illinois Department of Agriculture is shutting down its lab but one worker, Brenda Books, says that creates a big concern. Books says her job is to test the tag claims on just about all seed and feed in the state.
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Books says there'll be no way of regulating the lab or controlling testing measures if it's controlled by a private company. She believes Champaign-based Illinois Crop Improvement is set to take over testing. Calls to the Illinois Department of Agriculture and The Illinois Crop Improvement have not been returned. The lab will be shut down on Monday, leaving four people out of work.