About Us

Farmer’s Friend

Our Mission Statement

“To serve the agricultural community with professionalism, integrity and competence.”

Parkland Laboratories was founded in 1998 by Dr. Walter Pitz, a cereal chemist with a farm background and years of experience in grain testing, grain processing, R&D, and teaching in government, industry and university environments. The lab operated in Red Deer, AB from its inception in 1998 to August 2014 when it moved to Chilliwack, BC. A branch lab, operated by Mel Pitz, was set up in Melville, SK in 2005. Mel has an extensive background in analytical chemistry with career experience at the Canadian Grain Commission, Environment Canada and in the pulp and paper industry.

Parkland Labs Chilliwack is accredited through the Canadian Food and Drug Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Canadian Seed Institute (CSI) to conduct purity and germination testing on the major crop kinds grown commercially in western Canada. The Melville lab conducts CSI auditing of  AC/RSE facilities, of AWSA seed treatment facilities, and of CFIA accredited seed testing laboratories in Canada.