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Technical Training

GIPSA's provides extensive training throughout the official inspection system to ensure that uniform, accurate results are provided at all locations. GIPSA also offers customized industry education services to facilitate the marketing of grain in commercial channels. Education topics include the visual grading of any grain, rice, bean, pea, or lentil and objective, non-visual quality tests such as protein, oil, and mycotoxins. In addition, GIPSA provides free online educational courses to the public.

Industry education services can be obtained locally through Official Service Providers and GIPSA Field Offices, provided adequate equipment and facilities are available.  Training can also be provided at GIPSA's National Grain Center (NGC), in Kansas City, Missouri. Contact Marsha Schwartz for information on technical training services available at NGC.

Training Fees for Industry Education

Contact your local Service Provider for fees for onsite/local training they provide. 

Fees for onsite/local training provided by GIPSA field offices are established from the Grain Grading Seminar hourly rate in the current schedule of Service Fees and Billing Codes (PDF; 61Kb) and are assessed based on the number of hours and instructors required. The number of students and type of training requested influences the number of instructors needed. The applicant is responsible for providing any consumable materials (test kits and/or chemicals) required for the training.

The fees for industry education services provided at the National Grain Center are established from the non-contract hourly rate in the current schedule of Service Fees and Billing Codes (PDF; 61Kb) are assessed based on the number of students and length of the class.

Consumable Material Surcharge: Some training, will require the purchase of consumable materials (mycotoxin/biotechnology test kits), which the student will use during training. The cost of the consumable materials will be added to the base fee for the training session.