Opportunity for United States Grain Standards Act Designation in Decatur, IN and Marshall, MI

Docket Number: AMS-FGIS-23-0029
Applications for the Decatur, IN, designation area must be received by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on December 15, 2023.

Applications and comments for the Marshall, MI, designation area, which is currently operated by Michigan Grain Inspection, must be received between January 1, 2024, and January 31, 2024.


The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking persons or governmental agencies interested in providing official services in the areas noted below to submit an application for designation. Designation provides for private entities or State governmental agencies to be an integral part of the official grain inspection system.

Designated agencies work under the supervision of the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) and are authorized to provide official inspection and weighing services in a defined geographic area, as appropriate. 

In addition, we request comments on the quality of services provided by designated agency Michigan Grain Inspection Services, Inc. (Michigan Grain Inspection). AMS encourages submissions from traditionally underrepresented individuals, organizations, and businesses to reflect the diversity of this industry. AMS encourages submissions from qualified applicants, regardless of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Submit Comments

To apply for USGSA designation: You will need to obtain an FGISonline customer number (CIM) and create a USDA eAuthentication account at https://www.eauth.usda.gov/​eauth/​b/​usda/​home prior to applying. Then go to FGISonline at https://fgisonline.ams.usda.gov/​ and click on the Delegations/Designations and Export Registrations (DDR) link. Applicants are encouraged to begin the designation application process early and allow time for system authentication.

To submit comments regarding current designated official agencies: Go to Regulations.gov . Instructions for submitting and reading comments are detailed on the site.

Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this notice. All comments must be submitted through the Federal e-rulemaking portal at https://www.regulations.gov and should reference the document number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register . All comments submitted in response to this notice will be included in the record and will be made available to the public. Please be advised that the identity of the individuals or entities submitting comments will be made public on the internet at the address provided above.

To read applications and comments: If you would like to view the applications, please contact FGISQACD@usda.gov. All comments will be available for public viewing online at https://www.regulations.gov.


J. Ricardo Espitia, Compliance Officer, Federal Grain Inspection Service, AMS, USDA; Telephone: (202) 699–0246; or Email: Jose.Espitia@usda.gov or FGISQACD@usda.gov.

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