Jess McCluer: Grading Standards

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published a notice in the Federal Register in June 2018 requesting comments on the current official U.S. grade standards for soybeans, corn, and canola.

NGFA and NAEGA submitted comments stating that the current official U.S. corn, soybean, and canola standards should be retained without change.

On September 25, 2019 AMS published a Federal Register notice announcing that they will no longer pursue making changes to the U.S. corn and soybean standards.

AMS received just six comments on the U.S. soybean standards and two comments on the U.S. corn standards.

The agency plans to complete review of comments on the canola standard and issue a final rule, if there are changes, by the end of FY 2020.

AMS also plans to complete review of the beans (blackeye) and lentils standards by the end of FY 2020.

Reprinted from Grain journal July/August 2020 Issue