The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today approved the United States Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020. The legislation sets the framework for the functioning of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Federal Grain Inspection Service.
NCGA joined a coalition of other farm and commodity organizations in a letter to Committee leaders urging they act swiftly to finalize the reauthorization process.
“The United States’ grain inspection system provides certainty to our foreign customers that all U.S. grains and oilseeds have been inspected and certified by an independent agency and provides great value to U.S. commodities, thereby enhancing our competitiveness in the world market,” the groups wrote.
The United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) is set to expire at the end of September.
NCGA is taking a series of actions to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic fallout it is creating for corn farmers and our customers. Short term, this means instituting policies to protect the health and safety of our stakeholders and the broader communities we serve. Long term, we’re focused on creating solutions to help corn farmers and our customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis.
CommonGround is a group of farmers connecting with consumers through conversations about science and research and personal stories about food and misinformation surrounding farming. Supported by the NCGA and state corn organizations.
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.