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Georgia Department of Agriculture

Grain Grading

Although Georgia is the nation’s #1 producer of peanuts and #2 in rye production, corn, soybeans, and wheat are also important agronomic crops in the state.  

The Department’s Grain Grading program, located in the Tifton Lab Facility, is designated by the USDA's Federal Grain Inspection Service to provide official inspection and weighing services for all domestic markets and for grain exported in containers. All other official inspection and weighing services for export must be conducted by USDA's FGIS Field Office in Destrehan, Louisiana. Both on site sampling and inspection/analysis of submitted samples are provided through our laboratory in Tifton. Anyone submitting a sample should verify the required sample size prior to submission. An official USDA FGIS certificate documenting the results of official inspection and weighing services will be mailed, faxed or emailed to the person requesting the grading. Grading services are subject to fees.
Grain samples can be examined for damage, foreign material, color and moisture content in addition to other quality factors. Samples can be analyzed for mycotoxins such as fumonisin and aflatoxin. Grain producers and marketers request grading to determine quality factors affecting the price or the appropriate use of the product. Additional information about the USDA Federal Grain Inspection Program can be found at:


Program Administration

Mark McMillan
Michael Cooper
Chief Grain Inspector
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