Federal Grain Inspection Service

USDA Continues Suspension of Supervision Fee Assessment under the United States Grain Standards Act

The Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has determined that the suspension of the assessment of fees for supervision of official inspection and weighing services performed by delegated States and/or designated agencies under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) will continue through December 31, 2020.

USDA Improves the Official Fall Number Testing Determination for Wheat

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), will implement a new barometric pressure correction and require the use of the Perten Shakematic for the determination of falling number (FN) for wheat grain to reduce overall variation of test results within the official inspection system effective May 1, 2019. The FN test is an internationally standardized method and the most widely accepted means for evaluating alpha-amylase activity.

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