FGIS Education & Outreach

FGIS has developed a variety of educational content for use by the grain industry for the purpose of standardizing the commercial inspection of U.S. grain. Whether you need to develop new knowledge or just want an update to stay aware of current standards and procedures in US grain marketing, FGIS has the resources you need. Use the links in the menu to the left to access our educational and technical information.

How to Purchase Products

FGIS makes available to the industry a variety of products to aid in standardizing commercial grain inspections. These products are available at wholesale pricing with a minimum order of $50 for any combination of items.

To place an order contact Ruth Goff at (816) 891-0499 or Ruth Goff@usda.gov. Some products can also be ordered directly from our suppliers using the “Purchase Direct” links below the product description.

Visual Reference Images (Free Online)

Visual Reference ImagesVisual Reference Images (VRI) are used to ensure consistent and uniform application of grading lines and illustrate types of damage in conjunction with written descriptions.

The Visual Reference images are available for online viewing in our Visual Reference Library. They can also be downloaded from our GIPSA eBook Library


Grain Grading Cards ($0.25 EACH)

General Grading Cards Grain Grading Cards are an aid for use in commercial inspection. Each 3.5" x 5.75" card contains the grade requirements table on the obverse and the principal damage references on the reverse. Grading Cards are printed on 300gsm blue-core smooth playing card stock.

Cards are available in several languages for the major grains.

  • English (Barley, Corn, Sorghum, Soybeans, Wheat. Oats, Rye, Oilseeds, Dry Beans, Peas, Lentils, Rice)
  • Spanish (Barley, Corn, Sorghum, Soybeans, Wheat)
  • Arabic (Barley, Corn, Soybean, Sorghum, Wheat)
  • Chinese (Barley, Corn, Soybean, Sorghum, Wheat)
  • French (Barley, Corn)
  • Japanese (Barley, Corn, Sorghum)
  • Korean (Barley, Corn, Sorghum)
Purchase Direct Use for shipments to locations outside the United States. US customers can purchase this item from us at the prices listed with a $50 minimum order.)

Pocket References ($2 - $5 PER SET)

Pocket Reference Pocket References are an aid for use in commercial inspection. Each 3.5" x 3.5" card shows a visual reference with guidance for interpretation. Pocket References are printed on 300gsm blue-core smooth playing card stock. Pocket references are available in the following sets:

Grain Starter Set (24 cards - $5.00)
This starter set contains the primary references for barley, corn, soybeans, sorghum, and wheat plus the complete canola and sunflower seed sets.

Corn/Soybean Extension Set (24 cards - $5.00)
This set contains the remaining corn and soybean references not included in the starter set.

Wheat/Sorghum Extension Set (24 cards - $5.00)
This set contains the remaining wheat and sorghum references not included in the starter set plus the safflower seed references.

Barley/Flaxseed/Oats/Rye Extension Set (24 Cards - $5.00)
This set contains the remaining barley references not included in the starter set plus the remaining flaxseed, oats, and rye references.

Dry Beans (21 cards - $5.00)
This set contains all 21 of our dry bean references.

Peas (20 cards - $5.00)
This set contains all 20 of our pea references.

Lentils (9 cards - $2.00)
This set contains all 9 lentil references.

Rice (9 cards - $2.00)
This set contains all 9 rice references.

Purchase Direct (Use for shipments to locations outside the United States. US customers can purchase this item from us at the prices listed with a $50 minimum order.)

OTHER REFERENCES ($5 PER SET)

Other References

Stored Grain Insects (24 Cards - $5.00)
This set contains all 24 of our stored grain insect references.

Other Factors (24 cards - $5.00)
This set contains all 24 of our other factor references.

Purchase Direct (Use for shipments to locations outside the United States. US customers can purchase this item from us at the prices listed.)

TRAINING MATS $2.99

10” x 16” double-sided training mats are available in a variety of configurations directly from our supplier. Mats are scored on the face to allow them to fold in half for storage.

training mats

Other combinations of grains and languages can be made available on request.


Grain Requirements Posters ($5.00 Laminated)

General Appearance PrintsGIPSA small posters are 20" by 24" and are available for these subjects:

  • Corn
  • Soybean
  • Sorghum
  • Wheat
  • Mixed Grain

Stored Grain Insect Posters ($8.00 Laminated)

General Appearance PrintsOur Stored Grain Insect Poster is 28" by 24".


Principal Damages Posters ($10.00 Laminated)

General Appearance PrintsThe following 24" x 32" posters are available:

  • Major Grains (Corn, Soybean, Sorghum, Wheat)
  • Minor Grains (Barley, Oats, Rye, Canola, Sunflower, Flaxseed)