During the Senate Ag Committee meeting Wednesday, Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas reauthorized the U.S. Grain Standards Act until September 30, 2025.
The USGSA establishes marketing standards for grains and oilseeds including corn, soybeans and wheat. It also prohibits deceptive practices with respect to the inspection and weighing of grain.
In an address to the committee, Stabenow said that the bipartisan bill “protects the interests of American farmers and ensure our credibility as a reliable producer of high-quality grains and oilseeds.
“Thanks in part to the advantage and premium international buyers place on the grain inspection system, U.S. wheat continues to maintain its competitiveness in the international market. Given the current uncertainty in trade agreements and many of the bearish factors working against U.S. wheat exports, it is critical we maintain one of our key advantages,” said National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President and Cass City, MI farmer Dave Milligan. “To avoid any disruption in inspection services and keep the flow of grain moving NAWG encourages Congress to act quickly to reauthorize the Grain Standards Act before expiration in September.”
A summary of the Roberts-Stabenow U.S. Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020 can be found here.