Equipment

Approved Equipment

FGIS maintains lists of officially approved equipment. The lists shown below are current and up to date as of: (05/10/2017)

Equipment Approved for use in the Official Inspection System must meet the requirements, as prescribed, in Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Parts 800 and 801 under the U.S. Grain Standards Act and/or in Title 7 of the CFR, Part 868 under the Agricultural Marketing Act. GIPSA’s intent is to create greater uniformity in results for all markets, domestic and foreign, through its various methods of equipment validation.



List Definitions:

  • Combined Equipment List: A list of all officially approved equipment for use within the Official Inspection System manufactured currently and no longer manufactured.
  • Active Equipment List: Equipment that is currently manufactured and readily available for purchase commercially.
  • Inactive Equipment List: No longer manufactured or readily available for purchase, but still approved for official use.
  • Interactive Search Function: After selecting and opening a list, simply hold down the control key and press the “letter F” key, at the same time. A box will appear in the upper right hand corner. Type in either equipment name, model, or manufacturer and press enter. That will take you to that specific piece of equipment on the list.

**The mention of firm names, trade products or images does not imply that they are endorsed solely by the United States Department of Agriculture over other firms of similar products not mentioned or shown.**

Equipment Maintenance

The United States Grain Standards Act states in part that: "The Administrator shall provide for the testing of all equipment used in the sampling, grading, inspection and weighing for the purpose of official inspection, official weighing, or supervision of weighing of grain...to be made on a random and periodic basis, but at least annually...as he deems necessary to assure the accuracy and integrity of such equipment."

Since the late 1930's, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided for a "check test" program whereby on-line grain inspection equipment would be periodically tested for the purpose of detecting differences in equipment performance when compared to the performance of designated "Standard" inspection equipment. It has long been acknowledged that dependable precision equipment is necessary for accurate grain and commodity inspection. Incorrect grading factor determinations can result from poorly designed equipment, or equipment that has become excessively worn, or is misadjusted. GIPSA has also begun developing online tutorials to assist official inspection personnel and the industry in the maintenance of inspection equipment.

Moisture

The above link provides information on the GIPSA approved moisture meters and the calibrations used for official moisture determinations available for download. Moisture calibrations for select grains and commodities are reviewed annually and the performance information is available. Check test procedures are available to ensure that the meters within the GIPSA regulated inspection system are operating within acceptable limits. Technical reference information on the Unified Grain Moisture Algorithm (UGMA) moisture technology is available along with information for manufacturers seeking GIPSA approval as a UGMA-Compatible moisture meter.

Biotech Test Kits

GIPSA assesses the performance of protein-based rapid test kits developed to detect biotechnology-derived grains and oilseeds. Test kits are evaluated to ensure that they operate in accordance with manufacturers’ claims. The program includes evaluation of test kits that detect a wide range of biotechnology-derived traits.

Mycotoxin Test Kits

GIPSA provides official mycotoxin testing services throughout the United States for domestic and export grains, oilseeds, and processed-grain commodities. Official testing services are available for aflatoxins, deoxynivalenol, fumonisins, zearalenone, and ochratoxin A. Testing at field locations requires rapid, simple, inexpensive, and accurate methods to effectively assess the quality of U.S. grain. GIPSA evaluates and certifies performance of both qualitative and quantitative rapid mycotoxin test methods according to specific criteria. Only GIPSA-certified rapid test methods can be used for official mycotoxin testing. The above link provides information on the test kits currently certified by GIPSA for official mycotoxin testing.