Restoring Certain Exceptions to the U.S. Grain Standards Act

March 5, 2019

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) authorizes eligible grain handling facilities that previously had been granted an exception for services performed by another official agency to request restoration of those exceptions within 90 days of enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill.

Section 12610 of the 2018 Farm Bill, which was signed into law on December 20, 2018, restored certain exceptions to the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) when such exception was granted prior to the reauthorization of the USGSA in 2015, and revoked between September 30, 2015 and the date of enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill.  Such exceptions may be restored if eligible grain handling facilities file for a restoration of the exception by March 20, 2019, and receive approval from USDA.

Grain handling facilities desiring to restore a prior exception should submit restoration requests to the Quality Assurance and Compliance Division (QACD), Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS), Agricultural Marketing Service, FGISQACD@ams.usda.gov.  Requests should state the preferred date for the exception to be restored at a handling facility.  Upon receipt of request, QACD will have 90 days to contact the requesting official agency to confirm the agreement and restore the exception.

Please direct questions to FGISQACD@ams.usda.gov .

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