The Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) offers a
Proficiency Program (PDF; 86Kb) to help organizations testing for biotechnology-derived grains and oilseeds improve testing capability and reliability. Through this program, GIPSA is improving the overall performance of testing for biotechnology-derived grains and oilseeds.
Participation in this program is voluntary and available to organizations testing for the presence of biotechnology events in grains and oilseeds.
Participants receive corn and soybean samples for testing on a quarterly basis. The program will include new events as they are commercialized.
Each participant receives a summary report and a code to identify their organization.
The summary report will be posted on GIPSA's web site.
Participants in the GIPSA Proficiency Program must provide the following information by letter or e-mail to the GIPSA Biotechnology Program Manager listed below:
Participant name and address.
Participant contact person.
Contact telephone number.
Contact fax number.
Contact e-mail address.
For more information on this program or to participate, contact Ron Jenkins at 816-891-0442, or by e-mail at