Serving the citizens of Arkansas and the agricultural and business communities by providing information and unbiased enforcement of laws and regulations set by the Arkansas State Plant Board
The Arkansas Grain Grading Act (Act 795) passed in 2019, went into effect on September 2, 2019. This Act was established to help control grading variability by creating a standard for grading. The new Act applies to any person or entity that receives grain from a producer and sells or distributes grain commercially, which is defined in the Act, as a Grain Dealer. The Grain Grading Act and Regulations can be found on the Laws and Regulations page.
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture (Department) shall certify grain dealers that employ grain samplers and graders; and courses of instruction in the methods of sampling and grading corn, soybeans, and wheat. A certificate will be issued to a facility that conducts a course of instruction for sampling and grading grain that is satisfactory to the Department.
For more information about Midsouth Grain Inspection Services, please contact Joseph Cupples at 901-942-3216 or email him at JCupples@MGISgroup.com.
FEDERALLY LICENSED GRAIN WAREHOUSES
All Federal Grain Warehouses that purchase soybeans, corn, and wheat should complete the Grain Graders Certificate application form and provide a copy of each grain grader license received from USDA. There are no fees required with this certification.
All forms and grain grading licenses may be emailed or mailed to our office.
For questions, please contact Mike Stage or Tara Trent at the emails below.
Mike Stage, Quality Control & Compliance Section Head
Tara Trent, Administrative Assistant III
The link to the application is below. You may email or mail all correspondence to the office.
NOTE: A COPY OF THE SOP/TRAINING MANUAL THAT MEETS THE USDA STANDARDS, A CERTIFICATE FROM MIDSOUTH, OR *A COPY OF EACH GRAIN GRADER LICENSE FROM USDA MUST ACCOMPANY THIS APPLICATION.
* THE COPY OF THE GRAIN GRADER LICENSE FROM USDA PERTAINS TO THE FEDERALLY LICENSED GRAIN WAREHOUSES.
Grain Grading Complaints
If you feel the grade you received from the grader has been misrepresented, please send a detailed message to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-225-1598 and ask for the Grain Warehouse Section.