The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and the North American Export Grain Association (NEAGA) have both expressed strong support of the reauthorization of the U.S. Grain Standards Reauthorization Act for another five years.
Under this act, which was first signed into law in 1916, the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) set official marketing standards for grains and oilseeds.
The current authorization, which was passed in 2015, includes provisions to ensure uninterrupted export inspections, however it is scheduled to expire on September 30. The NGFA and the NAEGA support the continuation of: Congress to have the ability to appropriate funding for standardization and compliance activities that have broad benefits for farmers and consumers; the reauthorization for the USDA Grain Inspection Advisory Committee; and the current statutory limitation on the amount of funds the FGIS can spend on administrative costs not associated with direction inspection and weighing.
However, the new authorization also includes a range of improvements that the two trade bodies state will promote increased data and information sharing - something they claim will benefit both the system and its users.
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