SALEM, Ohio – A federal program that protects U.S. grain farmers’ bounty and reputation here and abroad was reauthorized last week, giving the U.S. Grain Standards Act and Federal Grain Inspection Service another 10 years of life.
The act gives the USDA authority to weigh, inspect and grade American grain exports as well as grain traded within the country.
The bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent Sept. 22 and passed the House Sept. 28 with no changes.
President Bush was given the legislation Sept. 30 and is expected to sign it.
Why we need it. The current Grain Standards Act was set to expire Sept. 30.
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