is part of the Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

  • American Agriculturist
  • Beef Producer
  • Corn and Soybean Digest
  • Dakota Farmer
  • Delta Farm Press
  • Farm Futures
  • Farm Industry news
  • Indiana Prairie Farmer
  • Kansas Farmer
  • Michigan Farmer
  • Missouri Ruralist
  • Nebraska Farmer
  • Ohio Farmer
  • Prairie Farmer
  • Southeast Farm Press
  • Southwest Farm Press
  • The Farmer
  • Wallaces Farmer
  • Western Farm Press
  • Western Farmer Stockman
  • Wisconsin Agriculturist
usdaBuilding qingwa/ThinkstockPhotos

NFGA supports Perdue's USDA reorganization

National Feed and Grain Association recommends USDA also explore cost-cutting efficiencies in CCC.

The National Grain and Feed Association has put its support behind Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s USDA reorganization and realignment plan.

In comments submitted to USDA on Oct. 7, the NGFA addressed several portions of Perdue's plan important to the grain, feed, grain and oilseed processing, and export sectors, specifically:

  • Extricating the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) from the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) and realigning it within USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS);
  • Realigning the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) grain warehouse functions within AMS; and
  • Realigning the U.S. Codex Alimentarius Office from the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) to the Office of the Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs.

NGFA strongly supported Perdue's decision to break FGIS apart from GIPSA and realign the agency within AMS. The Association recommended making FGIS a stand-alone entity within AMS with a direct reporting relationship to the AMS administrator. Once the realignment is completed later this year, NGFA also recommended that FGIS review the current geographical boundaries for designated agencies that provide official inspection, weighing and other services in the domestic market, and develop a standardized "delegation of authority agreement" that applies to all designated agencies that provide such services at export port locations.

Once the realignment is complete, NGFA says "FGIS should evaluate and consider utilizing independent third parties under FGIS oversight to perform mandated and optional inspection services at grain export ports to improve efficiency and reduce inspection costs to the industry and its farmer-customers."

NGFA supported the realignment of USDA's grain warehouse functions within AMS, but recommended that USDA explore further cost-cutting efficiencies in Commodity Credit Corp. (CCC) program administration, such as ending duplicative examinations of grain warehouses operating under the Uniform Grain and Rice Storage Agreement contract with CCC if those warehouses already are licensed and examined by USDA or states, unless the warehouse is storing significant quantities of CCC-owned commodities. NGFA also emphasized the importance of the federal grain warehouse program continuing to receive appropriations to pay for services provided under the UGRSA, which primarily benefit USDA and producers obtaining marketing assistance loans under the federal farm program.

NGFA supports Perdue's decision to realign the U.S. Codex Office within the mission area of the new undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. However, when doing so, NGFA recommended that the U.S. Codex Office be maintained as a stand-alone office reporting directly to the undersecretary, and not be incorporated within the Foreign Agricultural Service.

"We believe (this is) important to demonstrate that the U.S. Codex Office continues to be an advocate for science-based Codex policies" and prudent and science-driven risk-assessment and risk-management measures focused on food safety, the NGFA said.

Source: NGFA

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.