Inspection Grading and Standardization

To develop and apply standards of quality and condition for agricultural commodities; to participate and assist in the development of international agricultural standards; and to conduct quarterly inspections of egg handlers and hatcheries.



Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Local Agricultural Marketing Service inspection, grading, and classing offices are listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

USDA grades are used by the owners of agricultural commodities and by dealers in these commodities to Hatcheries and shell egg handlers, except for producer-packers with an annual production from 3,000 hens or less packing for the retail consumer are required to be checked quarterly to determine the disposition of certain undergrade eggs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any owner of or dealer in agricultural commodities who (a) has a financial interest in the commodity to be graded and (b) is located within the United States and its Territories.

All hatcheries and shell egg handlers having an annual production from 3,000 or more hens who pack for the retail consumer and are located within the U.S.

or its Territories.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Buyers and sellers of agricultural commodities. Shell egg handlers having an annual production from 3,000 or more hens who pack for the retail consumer and are located in the U.S. or its Territories.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Request for grading of a commodity must be submitted to local AMS grading office in writing. Eligible hatcheries apply for registration by contacting: Chief, Poultry Grading Branch, Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250.

Award Procedures

Eligible hatcheries and shell egg handlers must complete registration forms.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, 7 U.S.C. 1622a-J, 1-n; Cotton Statistics and Estimates Act, 7 U.S.C. 473d; Cotton Futures Act, 7 U.S.C. 15b; Cotton Standards Act, 7 U.S.C. 51-65; Naval Stores Act, 7 U.S.C. 91-99; Tobacco Inspection Act, 7 U.S.C. 511 i-q; Wool Standards Act, 7 U.S.C. 415b-d; Egg Products Inspection Act, Public Law 91-597, 21 U.S.C. 1031-1056; Dairy and Tobacco Adjustment Act of 1983, 7 U.S.C. 4501-4513; Tobacco Statistics Act, 7 U.S.C. 501-508; Food Security Act of 1985, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

In cases in which applicants do not agree with the grade given, they may appeal for a review of the grade to the local AMS office.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Duration of agreements. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: N/A.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Not Applicable.

Audits

Not Applicable.

Records

None.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-2500-0-1-352; 12-8015-0-7-352.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 16 $155,357,000; FY 17 est $157,690,000; and FY 18 est $160,473,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

7 CFR 26-32, 41-70, 160- 171, 205; AH-533, 'USDA Standards for Food and Farm Products;' Marketing Bulletin No. 37, 'The Story of Cotton;' 'Annual Report on Tobacco Statistics, AH-566, The Classification of Cotton;' Misc. Pub. No. 867, 'Tobacco in the U.S.;' quarterly report-- 'Tobacco Stocks Reports as of Jan. 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1;' MS-82, 'Cotton Testing Service;' AMS-180 MB-41, 'Market News Service on Cotton; ' MB-43, 7 CFR 2851, 2852, 2853, 2855, 2856, 2858, 2870, 28171; AH-341, 'USDA Standards for Food and Farm Products.' AH-31, 'Poultry Grading Manual.' AH-75, 'Egg Grading Manual.' Egg and Egg Products Inspection Regulations (7 CFR Part 2859); POB-FL-33, Tobacco Market Review for Flue-cured; POB-LA-34, Tobacco Market Review for Burley; POB-LA-33, Tobacco Market Review for Fire and Dark Air.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Local Agricultural Marketing Service inspection, grading, and classing offices are listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Erin Morris 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Phone: 202-690-4024

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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