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Committee NameGrain Inspection Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number1284
Original Establishment Date8/13/1981Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date10/25/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter10/25/2020Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Kendra
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameC
Specific Termination Authority7 U.S.C. 87iDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Kline
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*7 U.S.C. 87i Section 21 of United States Grain Standards ActDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 690-2410
Effective Date Of Authority*11/24/1993Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 690-2173
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The committee accomplishes its purpose by providing advice to the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) Administrator on the implementation of the U.S. Grain Standards Act and Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946. During the past year, the committee has provided discussion, advice, and recommendations on a variety of topics. Recommendations are in the remarks. When recommendations are made the staff takes all into consideration. During the next meeting all recommendations from the previous meeting are discussed.
How is membership balanced?*The committee consists of producers, domestic elevator operators, export grain elevator operators, and representatives of grain inspection and weighing agencies, farmers, consumers, academic, as well as other interested parties. In recent years we have solicited members from minority organizations such as the Small and Minority Farmers and Community Based Organizations (CBO). The solicitation is sent to over 200 using the USDA, Office of Outreach mailing list for all CBOs, miniority organizations and others. Also during solicitation, GIPSA reaches out to other Agencies within USDA to tap into their lists of interested parties and provides information on the committee. The agency DFO works with the agency Outreach Coordinator to obtain the most up-to-date listing of all minority listings to reach out to whether by email or follow-up phone calls.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The committee meets twice (budget permitting) per fiscal year. The committee is considered in the public interest and is a valuable resource for the Administrator in implementing agency policy in regards to the United States Grain Standards Act.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The committee consists of 15 members who represent all segments of the grain industry. The advisory committee has provided the agency with direct access to the expertise and counsel of a broad and unbiased cross section of the U.S. grain industry. It is a valuable resource for the agency in developing and implementing policies and programs to enhance the marketing of U.S. grain in domestic and international markets.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThe GIAC held one meeting during FY18 and made recommendations (September 5-6, 2018).


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentCosts and estimates are in line with charter/agency budget.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*275Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentAt the end of the each meeting, during the General Discussion, resolutions are presented by the members, discussed, and voted on as part of the minutes/record. At the next meeting, and beyond if necessary, the resolutions from previous meetings are discussed and members are given a status update on the feasability of whether they can be implemented. and made the following recommendations: Resolutions:
The Advisory Committee commends FGIS for researching an improved method for HVAC classification in Durum wheat. The committee recommends FGIS continue to research and develop a bleaching method to quantify and separate HVAC kernels from soft kernels in durum wheat to facilitate subclass determinations. The committee encourages FGIS to further investigate whether the same or similar methods can be used to determine DHV kernels versus non-vitreous kernels in the Hard Red Spring Wheat class.
2. Falling Number
The Advisory Committee acknowledges the progress FGIS has made to implement the October 2016 resolution reducing the variance of Falling Number test results. The Committee encourages FGIS to implement the new barometric pressure correction and require the use of the Shakematic on May 1, 2019. FGIS should continue identifying ways to reduce the test result variation, and actively identify and evaluate alternative technologies for determining the effect of alpha amylase.
3. Mycotoxin Test Kits
The Advisory Committee urges FGIS to continue to identify causes of variation in mycotoxin testing and to develop a comprehensive plan to address these causes.
The Committee requests FGIS to investigate certifying and reporting at lower levels than the current limit of quantitation, and report back to the Committee.
4. New Devices
The Advisory Committee appreciates FGIS’ recognition of the importance of encouraging competition in the official device system. The Committee urges FGIS to develop a comprehensive and proactive approach to identifying new technology priorities that may bring improved test results, greater efficiency and/or lower cost. The Committee recognizes that any new devices must add value to the testing system in compliance with current guidelines.
5. Program Guidance
The Advisory Committee recommends FGIS take steps to reconcile and consolidate instructions to ensure clear, easy to access guidance. This would help the official system provide more accurate, consistent and timely service.
6. SIMS/ Quality Assurance
The Advisory Committee recommends that FGIS continue to review and update the SIMS/quality assurance tolerances for moisture meters, and post the results of the analysis to the FGIS website, in accordance with the July 2014 and April 2015 Advisory Committee resolutions.

Furthermore, the Committee recommends that FGIS actively participate, as appropriate, in the National Conference on Weight and Measures, Grain Analyzer Sector efforts to reduce the maintenance and acceptance tolerances for moisture meters in the National Institute of Standards and Technology Handbook 44.
7. New Hire Training and Continuing Education
The Advisory Committee commends the Field Management Division in their efforts to modernize training for new hire graders at the field level. We encourage the continued effort of developing new and innovative techniques for training and continued education of field level graders working directly with end users. Accuracy, efficiency and consistency is of the upmost importance for end users across all regions.
8. Nonuse of Service Exception
The Advisory Committee supports the “nonuse of service exception” program allowing a grain elevator to request such service from another officially designated inspection and weighing agency outside its designated service area, which is conditionally reviewed by FGIS. Subsequently, the committee recommends that grain elevators who had their FGIS-approved agreements terminated, based on GIPSA’s interpretation of the revised language in the 2015 Agriculture Reauthorizations Act, be provided the option to reinstate their prior agreement with FGIS officially designated grain inspection and weighing agency.
9. Cost of FGIS Services relative to Selling Price
The Advisory Committee appreciates how the merger of FGIS and AMS has brought a renewed focus on customer service for the end user. The Committee would like for FGIS to review its procedures and overall costs of service to the end user in areas where those costs may affect the overall market competitiveness of the commodity being sold. (i.e. cost of services for milled rice sold in smaller lots sizes such as containers, rail cars and trucks).
10. Fee Tables
The Advisory Committee supports the FGIS proposal to remove the Schedule A (800.71) fee tables from the Code of Federal Regulations. This change will expedite the release of adjusted fee information to interested stakeholders.
11. Budget
The Advisory Committee recommends that OMB eliminate the limitation on inspection and weighing services expenses. If this is not possible, the Committee recommends that the $55 million limitation only apply to grain export activities under the provisions of the USGSA.
12. LED Lighting
The Advisory Committee recommends FGIS continue research on the most appropriate LED lighting solution that may include overhead or task lights.
13. FGISonline
The Advisory Committee commends FGIS for its work and progress on FGISonline and encourages the agency to continue to upgrade and enhance the system to meet the needs of all interested parties.

The Committee recommends FGIS investigate and report on a back-up system to FGIS Official Service Provider Licensing (FOL).
14. Systems Approach
FGIS execution support to the “USDA Soybean Systems Approach” should not compel a change in U.S. grading standards, nor require FGIS financial resources.
15. International Grading Report
The Advisory Committee urges caution in acceptance and execution of new inspection approaches that disadvantage the U.S. grain industry relative to international trade practices. The Committee requests USDA to report on international grading practices to entail comparison of results based on origin and destination sampling and grading protocols.
16. Vessel Stowage Exams
The Advisory Committee commends FGIS on its efforts to incorporate innovative technology by delivering services to its shareholders, while protecting the safety of personnel. The Committee strongly encourages the approval and implementation of the “pilot program” for Barge Stowage Examinations via camera system.
The Committee also recommends FGIS continue studying its technological innovative programs for cost savings, efficiency, and operational safety concerns, as it relates to Vessel Stowage Examinations. (i.e. UAV with NIR technology and/or camera when applicable).
17. Committee Chairperson Selection
The Advisory Committee would like to formalize the chair selection process. The Committee members in a public forum, could nominate (either the committee members or themselves) and give the nominated an opportunity and speak for 5 minutes to present their qualifications in being chair. The position of vice-chair should be done in the same process
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*30.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAll resolutions from the Committee are taken into consideration and all findings are reported back to the Committee either by phone or letter and always as a meeting topic at the next meeting.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*30.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAll resolutions from the Committee are taken into consideration and all findings are reported back to the Committee. Some of the resolution recommendations require studies that take more than the 6 months between each meeting to accomplish, continual contact between the members is established.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentFeedback is in the form of telephone calls, e-mails, formal letters and follow-up discussions at the next meeting.Narrative Description*Grain Inspection Advisory Committee was established under the authority of the United States Grain Standards Act. The committee is charged with providing advice to the Administrator of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) with respect to implementing the provisions of the Act.The committee is comprised of 15 members who represent all segments of the grain industry. They include grain producers, processors, merchandisers, handlers, exporters, consumers, academia, and grain inspection agencies.The committee addresses a variety of technical and program issues related to the grain inspection programs and the official grain inspection system. During past meetings, the committee has provided guidance on the Agency's strategic plan and performance measures and various programs related to grain quality, including proposed changes to the U.S. Grain Standards; financial management; objective testing programs such as oil, protein, and starch content in corn; and technical issues ranging from whole-grain moisture measurements to aflatoxin to pesticide residue testing.
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001214Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2017
 COM-003199Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003927Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2015
 COM-005187Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2014
 COM-006048Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007346Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007559Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2011
 COM-008926Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2010
 COM-010459Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2009
 COM-010543Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2008
 COM-012102Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2007
 COM-012415Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2006
 COM-014217Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2005
 COM-014358Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015928Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016396Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017994Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018348Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2000
 COM-020074Grain Inspection Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020237Federal Grain Inspection Service Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021804Federal Grain Inspection Service Advisory Committee1997
 COM-033460Grain Inspection Advisory Committee2018