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USDA Looking to Improve Marketing of Grains, Oilseeds and Other Products

Monday, January 18, 2016
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The Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration is accepting through April 18 comments from importers, exporters, producers, handlers, processors, food manufacturers, consumers, scientists, academicians, industry stakeholders and other interested persons on how it can best facilitate the marketing of grains, oilseeds, rice, pulses and related products or products made from them, including co-products of ethanol production, commonly referred to as distillers’ grains, based on market-identified quality attributes.

GIPSA establishes standards for these products regarding kind, class, quality and condition that facilitate marketing and define U.S. grain and commodity quality in the domestic and global marketplace. The standards define commonly used industry terms; contain basic principles governing the application of standards, such as the type of sample used for a particular quality analysis; and specify grades, grade requirements, special grades and special grade requirements.

To ensure that standards and official grading practices remain relevant in the market, GIPSA is seeking comments on the following issues.

- whether there are any market-identified quality attributes that GIPSA does not currently describe (or provide testing for) that would facilitate the marketing of grain, oilseeds and related products

- the role that GIPSA should take, if any, in standardizing the testing of inputs and outputs of ethanol co-product processing

- whether there are any other services that GIPSA could offer to facilitate the marketing of grain, oilseeds or related products

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