Collaborative Studies and Surveys

Occasionally, a particular buyer or importing country reports repeated discrepancies between contracted quality or quantity and product received that cannot be resolved by a shipment-by-shipment review. In such cases, FGIS may institute collaborative sample studies or joint monitoring activities to address the discrepancy in a more comprehensive manner.

Corn Quality Survey

FGIS works with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) to conduct the annual export corn quality survey. The survey results are provided to USGC so they can advise importers worldwide on what is available for sale, the cost, and the advantages of U.S. corn.  In recent years, a pesticide residue survey component was added to the survey.

Soybean Quality Survey

FGIS works with the United Soybean Board (USB) to conduct an annual soybean quality survey.  The samples are analyzed at the FGIS National Grain Center.  The survey results assist USB in analyzing soybean crop quality data and working with trading partners if crop quality issues arise.

Export Cargo Sampling Project

The Export Cargo Sampling Project (ECSP) is an annual activity between GIPSA and U.S. Wheat Associates (USWA) whereby FGIS's field offices submit 10 percent of export sublots of wheat during three survey periods. Different portions of the samples are examined for quality, end use characteristics, hardness, scab damage, weed seed content, pesticide residues, cadmium, lead, and vomitoxin. Results on the quality attributes of these wheat export samples are published in USWA's Annual Crop Quality Report, which advises importers worldwide on the quality of the current U.S. wheat crop.

For more information, please contact FGIS's International Affairs Division at (202) 690-3368.

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