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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is not applicable.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
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.
Eligible hatcheries and shell egg handlers must complete registration forms.
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
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
Erin Morris 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Phone: 202-690-4024
Criteria for Selecting Proposals