Senate Ag Committee Passes Grain Standards Reauthorization

The Senate Agriculture Committee Wednesday passed the United States Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020 by a voice vote. The bill extends the authorization for the Federal Grain Inspection Service of the Department of Agriculture to continue providing inspection services and to maintain an official marketing standard for certain grains and oilseeds.

The bill now heads to the full Senate to consider the five-year reauthorization.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) said “the entire federal grain inspection system needs the certainty, predictability, and transparency” the reauthorization bill provides.

Ranking Member Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) said the bill “protects the interests of American farmers and ensures our credibility as a reliable producer of high-quality crops.”

Roberts says the bill has wide industry support.