ALTA is an industry organization founded on the premise that farmers and others in the agriculture industry require information that is accurate, consistent, and reliable. To address this need, ALTA maintains two certification programs to help ensure end-users in the agriculture industry have access too high quality testing results. The Soil Analysis Certification (SAC) and Plant Analysis Certification (PAC) demonstrate a lab’s commitment to higher standards of data quality. Details of those programs can be found here.
In 1981 the Illinois Soil Testing Association (ISTA) was founded to help address the need of Illinois growers for quality soil test information. Since then it has grown to include member labs that service not just Illinois, but the rest of the Midwest, as well as the Southern and Northeastern United States. As a result of this growth, the ISTA was re-branded in 2020 as the Agriculture Laboratory Testing Association (ALTA).
ALTA holds two meetings annually; a winter meeting and a summer meeting. The meetings are designed to allow members to share information, collaborate, discuss on-going projects, conduct business, review field research, educate the public, and get to know our fellow members in the ag industry.
The primary objective of ALTA is to promote the interests of agriculture testing industry in the United States to promote high quality testing data that will improve farm production, profitability, and sustainability. These purposes are accomplished by: