How to Apply for Service

Cotton Grading 

The Cotton and Tobacco Program provides many classing services for cotton stakeholders, including producers, ginners, merchants and others. Click on the specific service below for more details on How to Request Cotton Classing Services and Standards Materials.  

Dairy Grading 

To apply for Dairy Grading Services, you need an account with the Dairy Grading Branch.  To request an account, complete the fillable Request for Applicant Number Form DA-228.  The form requires only numbers, no dashes, in the Tax ID Number field (need all 9 numbers) and a Zip + 4 in the zip code field. The Dairy Programs billing system performs data matches with the IRS so the exact name the TIN is registered with is necessary.

It takes 1-2 days for a new account to be accepted into the database and an account number will be provided to you.  To request dairy grading services complete the Dairy Grading and Inspection Request form with the account number. Completed forms can be emailed to

Phone: 630-437-5060


Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Grading 

To apply for Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grading services, complete the Request for Inspection or Re-inspection of Food Products SC Form 237 and submit it to a local USDA, AMS, FV, Specialty Crops Inspection (SCI) Division Office.

Processed Fruits & Vegetables Grading 

To apply for Processed Fruit and Vegetable grading services, complete the Application for Inspection SC Form-356 and submit the document to a local USDA, AMS, Specialty Crops Inspection (SCI) Division Office.  

Meat, Poultry, Rabbit or Egg Grading 

To apply for Meat, Poultry, Rabbit or Egg Grading and Certification services, complete the Application for Service, LP-109 form and Accounts Payable Request, LP-109A.

If you plan to use Grading services regularly, you may enter into a scheduled arrangement with QAD Grading Services Branch.  Please submit the Work Schedule Request, LP-110 form

All original forms must be completed and mailed to:

Business Operations Branch
10809 Executive Center Drive, Suite 318
Little Rock, AR 72211-6022
Phone: 501-312-2962     
Fax: 1-844-345-3575


For questions related to Tobacco Grading/Inspection or Pesticide Testing Services or to request services, please send an email to

USDA, AMS, Cotton & Tobacco Program
Tobacco Field Operations
Gilbert L. Todd, Sr., Field Supervisor
1306 Annapolis Drive, Room 205
Raleigh, NC  27608-0001
Phone:  919-856-4553
FAX: 919-856-4208