Quality Grading

Expanding U.S. Commodity Markets Top Priority for USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service

Release No: 151-17

64.5 billion pounds of fruit and vegetables, and 44.4 billion eggs graded/inspected domestically

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2017--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced the agency facilitated the export of more than $3.8 billion of American produced agricultural products in Fiscal Year 2017 through its Export Verification (EV), grading and classing programs. 

USDA Announces Changes to the U.S. Beef Grade Standards

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced today that it is updating the voluntary U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef. USDA quality grades are used by companies to provide information to purchasers about meat’s tenderness, juiciness, and flavor and are a major factor in determining the value of beef and live cattle.

USDA Announces a Change to the Minimum Quality and Handling Standards for Domestic and Imported Peanuts Marketed in the United States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revised the Minimum Quality and Handling standards for domestic and imported peanuts marketed in the United States.

This action relaxes the allowance for damaged kernels in farmers’ stock peanuts when determining segregation and grade. The change aligns the incoming standards with recent changes relaxing the outgoing quality standards.