USDA Approves Certain LED Lights for Official Inspection and Weighing of Grain

June 01, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service has approved the use of certain LED lights for use in the U.S. Official Grain Inspection and Weighing System beginning May 26, 2022.

The Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) reports that its evaluation of LED technology finds it statistically equal to existing fluorescent lamp technology currently utilized in the Official Grain Inspection System.

For information related to methods utilized in the approval process contact Jeffrey Vanfossan, Branch Chief, FGIS Technology and Science Division, Inspection Instrumentation Branch at (816) 702-3872;

Additional information related to implementation and policy is available at FGIS Program Notice PN-22-05,, and the FGIS Equipment Handbook, or contact Patrick McCluskey, Branch Chief, FGIS Field Management Division, Policies, Procedures and Market Analysis Branch at (816) 206-2305;

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