The Senate Ag Committee on Thursday passed legislation to authorize USDA's Grain Inspection Service to establish marketing standards and conduct inspection and weighing for a variety of grains and oilseeds.
The U.S. Grains Standards Act Reauthorization Act was last reauthorized in 2005. The latest legislation reauthorizes provisions of the U.S. Grain Standards Act until Sept. 30, 2020.
It reaffirms the role of the federal inspection service and requires the Secretary of Agriculture to immediately take action to maintain export inspection and notify Congress in the case of a disruption, as was seen at the Port of Vancouver last summer.
Additionally, it creates a transparent certification process for delegated state agencies inspecting exports. The legislation also requires the Secretary of Agriculture to report to Congress on the 2014 disruption in grain export inspections, as well as additional measures.
"The United States is the world leader in agricultural exports," Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said. "Whether its Michigan soybeans or Kansas wheat, our nation's farmers grow the highest quality products available. That's why we must have a robust federal grain inspection system to back the integrity of our exports."
The House Ag Committee approved reauthorization of the act last month.
Source: Senate Ag Committee