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Grain Grading and Sampling
This is an annual application and is effective from January 1 through December 31. There is a testing requirement for all NEW samplers/graders. Whichever office the applicant is closest to is contacted and schedules the test once an application has been received with the $5 testing fee. The testing and certification application are the same application.
LRS 3:3414.3 Grain Sampling and Grading Law
A. The commission by rule shall adopt standards for sampling and grading grain. The standards shall include tolerances for the interpretive element of grading. The standards shall be consistent with the standards adopted by the United States Department of Agriculture for sampling and grading grain. The commission shall provide copies of any changes in the standards to each grain dealer prior to the date the changes become effective.
B. The commission may certify grain samplers and graders. The commission may conduct courses of instruction in the methods of sampling and grading grain in one or more locations throughout the state. Each person who displays an adequate knowledge of sampling and grading grain which is satisfactory to the commission shall be issued a certificate.
C. Each grain dealer who issues grades for grain shall sample and grade each load of grain delivered by a producer within seventy-two hours from the time the grain is delivered to the grain dealer.
D. Each grain dealer who issues grades for grain shall retain each sample of grain received from a producer which is subject to excessive deductions. The commission by rule shall determine the level of deductions which are excessive for each type of grain. This determination shall include deductions for all causes and shall be based upon the numerical grades determined for each type of grain by the United States Department of Agriculture. Samples of grain which are subject to excessive deductions shall be retained in separate containers and shall be retained for five days from the date the sample was graded.