GHC Labs is a full service feed, soil, and microbiological lab supporting farmers across the United States.
Currently we have two labs located in Filer, Idaho and Texico, New Mexico, both certified by the NFTA &Cornell’s Milk Quality Solutions Program. Our labs function purely on our mission to be the regional leader in the efficient delivery of high-quality, cost-effective agricultural laboratory services and to continually improve our services to meet our customers’ needs.
The quality and timeliness of the results we provide to our clients is our number one priority. Our continual efforts in providing cutting edge assays along with unequaled customer support makes us the leader in the industry. To assure the highest quality results, we affiliated with Dairy One Forage Laboratory, a leader in the feed and forage industry. Our world class database of samples are validated and updated continuously to provide our clients with precise, timely results typically within 24 hours.
MEET OUR TEAM
Idaho Fermentation Lab Manager
While attending Gonzaga University and later CU-Boulder, Chard worked five summers as a camp counselor and program and off-site trip director for Camp Perkins in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains. Graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Chard and his wife Carrie wanted to live in the Pacific Northwest, but with work options limited by a recession, he instead became a Director of Youth at Twin Falls Reformed Church. After five years there, the opportunity arose to teach sciences, math, and writing at a school startup. He then got involved eventually earning a teaching certificate and M.S. in Science Education. Chard taught sciences primarily for eighteen years at two Christian schools. During this time, he worked a variety of summer construction jobs, including self-employment as a residential sprinkler system designer/installer. Chard chose to leave the school teaching profession in 2013, desiring to work in industry in Idaho’s Magic Valley. He came on board GHC Labs in late September 2013 and now oversees the fermentation and HPLC labs.
Idaho Milk Lab Manager
Rick VerHoeven originally from the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at John Brown University.Completed his Master’s degree in Microbiology at the University of Arkansas. The majority of Rick’s professional career has been involved in technical research, product development, and quality assurance in various aspects of the food processing industry; predominately in meat products, dairy, and canning. Then went on to take the position as a molecular biologist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, focusing first in cancer research and then studying tuberculosis infections in HIV positive patients. After relocating to Southern Idaho, Mr. VerHoeven began a 14 year teaching and coaching career at Lighthouse Christian School. Since “retiring” from teaching, worked as the Microbiologist for Clear Springs Foods in Buhl, Idaho, until he was hired by GHC Labs to be our Milk Lab Manager.
Idaho Soil Lab Scientist
Kenneth Young graduated with a BS in Zoology from Idaho State University. Kenneth attended ISU a second time to earn a secondary education certificate in Life Sciences and Physical Sciences in 1999. Mr. Young spent six years teaching high school science in Coquille, Oregon. He now resides in Filer, Idaho where he taught high school science, coached cross-country, basketball, and track/field for the past nine years. His research experience entails microsatellite DNA analysis of sturgeon populations in the Snake River with Dr. Madison Powell at the University of Idaho’s Aquaculture Research Institute in Hagerman, Idaho. Currently, he is working with GHC Labs as our Soil Lab Scientist.
Idaho Lab Manager
Chris Paulson has been with GHC Labs from the beginning, hired on as a Lab Technician. Since then has been promoted to Lab Manager assisting with managing the aspects of our Lab located in Idaho. Chris brings 20 years of experience to GHC Labs ensuring all samples are running properly and customers receive the best quality of service possible.
Idaho Lab Technician
Jenelle Fritts was born and raised in Southern Idaho in the Buhl-Castleford area. Spent time baling hay for her father’s custom baling business during high school and for several years. She has raised two boys and worked in customer service for almost 30 years. Jenelle was employed for 8 years at Clear Springs Foods Specialty Plant. She was a quality assurance technician and helped out in the microbiology lab. During her employment she was educated on sample collection, sample preparation, media prep and how to read plates. She was hired on with GHC Labs in April of 2014 as a Lab Technician.
Idaho Lab Technician
Wendy was born and raised in Southern Idaho. She grew up experiencing life on the family’s farm and dairy. As a multi-skilled lab assistant, she is able to help out in the Wet Chemistry lab, Fermentation lab and the Forage lab. In her free time, she enjoy being in the great outdoors and spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Idaho Lab Scientist
Born in Washington D.C. to a military based family, I have lived all over the states when I was young but even then, I consider myself an Idahoan. I have lived in Idaho for 17 years. Growing up in filer Idaho I have had my fair share of farm work and raising livestock. I graduated from Lighthouse Christian School in 2012 where I then attended Boise State University and studied criminal justice for two years. I plan to return to school in the future for a degree in ranch management.
Idaho Lab Milk Lab Manager
Andrea was born in Chino California, grew up in Lynden Washington and moved to Southern Idaho in 2012. She has been around farm animals her whole life and enjoys being around her own horses and dogs. Andrea graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science/Production Management from Washington State University in 2007 and is currently working on her Masters through University of Idaho. She has worked different roles on several dairies and also as an assistant in a large veterinary practice in Washington. Before coming to GHC she was working as a Lab Analyst/Milk Quality Specialist in the Magic Valley.
Idaho Lab Biologist
Josh Pridey was raised in Twin Falls, Idaho. Josh attended Boise State University where he learned and developed laboratory skills. During his studies, he was able to obtain an Analyst Certification from the Department of Chemistry, and was given the 2016 Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. Josh graduated from Boise State in May of 2017 with a B.S. in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. During this time Josh gained experience in the agriculture industry by working in the microbiology lab for an Idaho-Based fertilizer company. Josh’s interest in agriculture and microbiology continued after graduation and was hired on at GHC in May of 2017 to work in the Milk and PCR labs.
New Mexico Milk Lab Manager
Beverly Bentley works as our Milk Lab Manager in our New Mexico Lab. She is in control of testing for Mycoplasma and other bacteria, along with SPC, LPC, CC, and MUNs. Beverly works with Cornell University’s Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program to ensure that GHC Labs is certified for Milk Testing. Before GHC Labs, Beverly worked for AGP Marketing. While working at AGP she was certified in Grain Inspection, Aflatoxin and Fuonisin testing and running the train. She also has experience as Head Doctor over a feed yard with over 400 head doctored daily.
New Mexico Lab Manager
Brittney grew up in Eastern New Mexico and moved to Oregon in 2005 where she obtained her Master’s degree in Marine Biology. She worked for two years as a laboratory technician in a molecular lab at the University of Oregon’s Marine Institute. She moved back to Clovis, New Mexico in 2014 and while there is no marine life here, luckily, biology is everywhere. Working at GHC Labs allows her to use her science background at the place she calls home.
New Mexico Lab Route & Sales
Dolores has worked many jobs at GHC Labs. She has developed many skills that have helped her inside and out of the lab. Working as the lab manager helped assist in her understanding of what is needed to get to most accurate results.
New Mexico Lab Scientist
From the time I was four until I went off to college I lived in a small town called Yoder, Co where I grew up competing at rodeos. Following high school graduation, I attended Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS where I obtained a degree in Agribusiness. I also continued my rodeo career by representing the college at the college rodeos. I got my start in working in the forage and milk lab environment from an internship which led to some experience in ELISA testing for BVD, Johne’s, and Pregnancy as well as feed analysis and milk culture testing.
Idaho Lab | 208.326.7237
New Mexico Lab | 575.482.9589
Billing Office | 918.443.2100
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